Common Causes of Neck Pain on the Job
There are a number of jobs that can lead to aching muscles, but when your line of work leads to chronic tightness in the shoulders and neck, it can have a major effect on your work, both at your job and in your day to day life. Neck pain treatments are a common occurrence here at Wellness Chiropractic Center. As the leading chiropractor Watertown residents know they can count on us to help them deal with job related neck pain and injuries. Here are some of the most common causes of neck pain that can occur while you are at work doing your job:
- Sitting at a computer all day- most computer work areas are not set up to be ergonomic even if the individual pieces are designed to reduce staring and stress on the body. Most people end up hunched over their keyboard, squinting at screens, and are in unnatural positions for long periods of time.
- Working at a desk for long periods- general desk work can also be bad for your posture and thus affect your back and neck. Pouring over papers, filling out forms, talking on the phone, and typical office desk work can put a major strain on the muscles and tendons of your neck.
- Assembly line or repetitious work- it has long been known that repetitive jobs like assembly line work can put major stress on the joints, muscles, and nerves. This kind of work can quickly strain the neck, back, and shoulders and lead to pain, weakness, numbness, and mobility issues.
- Stocking and merchandizing- lifting heavy and bulky items all day long requires a lot of bending, stooping, stretching, lifting, and twisting. All of this can put unnatural stress and strain on your body, especially the area of the neck and back and can cause a range of symptoms.
- Loading and unloading trucks- those who drive trucks, load and unload boxes, and haul goods all day long can end up putting a lot of strain on their body. Sitting in a truck for hours on end followed by heavy pushing, pulling, and lifting can cause major problems over time.
- Being on your feet all day- people with jobs that require them to be on their feet most of the time can also suffer from back and neck pain. Jobs that commonly fall in this category include doctors, nurses, teachers, parents, veterinarians, as well as many other job titles.