Telecommuting increases upper back pain

Telecommuting increases upper back pain

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BRUSSELS The increase in home work due to the coronavirus goes hand in hand with “a considerable increase” in pain in the neck, back and shoulders, warns the IDEWE group, specializing in prevention and well-being at work , on the occasion of the national telework day (September 22).

According to a survey carried out between April 9 and June 30 among 475 teleworkers, nine teleworkers out of 10 adjust their office chairs incorrectly and nearly one in two does not adjust their worktable to the right height.

– Have the right equipment –

“Without a properly adjusted office chair, work table and monitor, you quickly find yourself in the wrong position, which can cause physical ailments such as pain in the neck, lower back or shoulders,” IDEWE alert.

– Increasing pain –

For example, nearly six in 10 teleworkers (58%) suffered from back pain in the past 12 months, compared to 48% of office workers. Neck and shoulder pain were also more common than average among teleworkers: 53% (versus 36% on average) and 39% (versus 25% on average) respectively.


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