With the onset of Covid-19, millions across the country turned from working in their office to working at their dining room table. Remote work became a necessity for people around the world to stay healthy and safe, but with the safety of quarantine came new health issues for many remote workers–neck, back, shoulder, and hip pain from sitting at a makeshift desk all day.
Changes to Daily Office Spaces
Remote workers quickly began working from couches, kitchen counters, dining tables, or really any spot with a chair, their computer, and some lighting. This thrown-together workspace has taken a toll on people’s posture.
Americans began working in places they would never normally work in, sitting longer, not needing to get up to ask a coworker a question or attend a meeting in the conference room down the hall. This stagnant sitting for hours on end put stress on people’s bodies–especially their musculoskeletal system.
At work, an employee probably had some sort of ergonomic chair, desk, or keyboard. With the sudden shift to working from home, most people did not have a dedicated office already set up. They simply needed to make sure they could continue their job with little thought of the months ahead that would require day-after-day of sitting uncomfortably to continue to work.
Sitting for Too Long
While most remote workers probably did not experience pain right away, over the weeks and months of their new set up, new aches and pains slowly started showing up–waking up with a sore back, needing to sleep in a certain position at night to be comfortable, shifting sitting positions more often throughout the day, or simply feeling sore when standing up at the end of a long session of sitting.
Having a daily workspace unattuned to the mechanics of your body creates pain. And sitting puts all your muscles into a different posture–you’re loosening some of the quadriceps and stretching hamstrings in odd ways–an overall strain on your body’s core muscles.
With this kind of sitting, potentially the least recognized change is a different position for your hips; when you stand up, your body is trying to pull the pelvis back into an upright standing position and some of those hip muscles get strained in that cyclical, daily process of sitting for too long without standing.
According to Healthline, “Sitting for too long, especially if you have poor posture, can stretch out the tendons in the hips. This can lead to tendonitis, or inflammation in the hip tendons. Tendonitis can cause hip pain when sitting, walking, and lying down.”
What Happens When our Hips are Inflamed?
Our hips are the foundation for our body and need to be able to hold our torso and legs in alignment. They need to be strong because they are going against gravity to maintain good posture. Weak hips can cause a myriad of problems throughout many different areas of the body.
Hips are involved in the mechanics of our legs holding us up to walk. If the hips are not strong, and our gait weakens, we can have pain in our kneecaps, lower back, spine, neck, and the hips themselves.
With our new remote lifestyle, many American workers are twisting their muscles into positions that are not healthy for our bodies over long periods of time, straining our muscles and particularly our hips. Our bodies were not made to be seated for long periods of time, and when we go against our body’s nature, we end up with pain and weakness.
If you are experiencing pain in any part of your body, physical therapy is an effective treatment for tendonitis, muscle weakness, and musculoskeletal pain. Working on the body through stretching and strengthening tendons and muscles, can help you feel pain-free after a year of working from home. At South Orange Rehabilitation, we promote healing and wellness for all of our patients.
Physical Therapy Services at South Orange Rehabilitation and Wellness
If you are experiencing new or recurring pain, physical therapy can ease pain and discomfort while also increasing function and strength for your hips, lower back, and neck. At South Orange Rehabilitation and Wellness, therapists take a hands-on, customized approach to promoting recovery and treating pain.
The South Orange physical therapists can help with any of the following:
- Relief of General Ongoing Pain
- Sports Injury Recovery
- Balance Issues assistance
- Age-related strength support
- Pediatric Treatment
Our process is simple and easy, and will set you on the path to pain free health.
- You book an appointment
- We evaluate you and create a plan of action
- We start treatment and track your progress
- We stay with treatment and aftercare until you’ve reached all of your goals
If you’re ready to get help, reach out to us today on our website to make an appointment.