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Ensuring good orthopedic health while working from home

27 December

Working from home has taken a toll on everyone in different aspects of their health, of which mental health has been the most prominent and talked about. Our physical health too has borne the brunt of the pandemic, mostly as a result of living sedentary lives devoid of adequate physical movement. The direct consequence of this has been on our bones and muscles. Given that most of our days working from home are spent sitting in a single place for hours upon hours, staring at a computer screen, it’s no surprise that many issues have started to plague our skeletal system. This is especially true for our backs, with many of us experiencing stiffness, rigidity, and pain. Adding to this, poor posture and insufficient physical activity in the day has aggravated these problems. How do orthopedic conditions occur? Orthopedic conditions are usually the result of increased stress on a muscle, joint, or bone. This could be due to repetitive motions, wear and tear, or excess force over a gradual period of time. Other causes depend upon the specific condition and the body part involved. Common signs and symptoms of orthopedic problems Signs and symptoms can vary depending on the condition. That being said, there are many common ones which include: • Pain • Stiffness • Restricted range of motion • Warmth • Swelling • Deformity • Numbness What are some orthopedic problems to keep an eye out for, especially while working from home? Sitting upright on a chair for days straight without any respite from the constant online availability during office hours can inadvertently harm the body in many ways. Some common orthopedic problems that may be extremely prevalent during work from home include: • Back pain • Shoulder pain • Spine pain • Hip pain • Knee pain Preventive care for for good orthopedic health Simple changes to daily lifestyle can have a significant impact on overall health, helping one prevent orthopedic problems: • Stretch frequently: to increase flexibility and decrease stress injuries on bones, joints, and muscles. • Exercise often: to reduce the likelihood of obesity that can put excess strain on different parts of the body. • Visiting the doctor regularly: to stay on top of any potential conditions that may pose a risk to orthopedic health. by

Dr. Sandeep Singh

Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon

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