Quite a few people are now discovering the benefits of working from home, but there can be some downsides as well. One big example that you may not normally think about until it’s too late is that it might result in worsening neck pain. While you may not realize it, some of your habits while working from home can end up taking their toll on your neck and back. Read on to learn why you might start noticing neck pain in Los Angeles and what you can do about it.
What Could Be Causing Your Neck to Hurt?
Part of the problem could be the setup of your makeshift office. For example, if you don’t have a normal desk, you might use a stack of books as a desk or to support your monitor. You may also use an unusual chair that doesn’t have the usual lumbar support. The result is that your body doesn’t get the support it needs while you’re sitting at your computer, and that can put a major strain on your neck. Poor posture can also be a problem; leaning too far forward can easily lead to neck pain. Other potential causes might include sitting on the bed or just slouching forward far too often.
Is Neck Pain Serious?
Your neck pain is likely to get more serious as time goes on. Furthermore, the more you strain the muscles in your neck, the more likely you are to suffer from a serious injury at some point. It may even become difficult to turn or move your neck at all without experiencing pain. Neck pain is also associated with headaches and discomfort in other parts of the body. If you notice that neck pain is starting to occur, you should take the initiative in relieving your discomfort.
How Can You Treat Neck Pain?
If you’ve been experiencing neck pain recently, you can try some of these simple home remedies:
- Hold an ice pack over the area for about ten minutes at a time.
- Take a pain reliever such as Tylenol or Advil. (These usually work best in mild to moderate cases of pain.)
- If you need to, consider getting a neck collar so that you can give your neck muscles a rest.
- Once any acute pain has lessened, you can apply a heating pad or another heat source to the area.
If the above treatments are ineffective, or if neck pain persists over a long period of time, you should schedule a consultation with your chiropractor. They can evaluate the tissues in your neck and come up with additional treatments as needed, such as prescribing certain exercises. Don’t let neck pain take over your work life or your home life!
About the Author
Dr. Brigitte Rozenberg has been helping patients in the greater Los Angeles deal with back and neck pain since 1995. Here at The Spine & Disc Center, she specializes in a number of life-changing treatments that allow her to take a comprehensive, whole-body approach to chiropractic care. To schedule a complimentary consultation for your neck pain, visit her website or call (818) 901-1505.