The effects of COVID-19 are currently felt throughout many industries. Though state mandates have caused specific businesses to suspend operations, there is still work to be done. If your company has transitioned to a remote work model as a result, it means you must adapt in order to manage chronic joint pain and stiffness.
Working from home isn’t the same as being home. Yes, you have more comforts available to you, but it’s important to apply them properly to ensure pain doesn’t interrupt your workflow. If you had a nice ergonomic setup in your office, you should do your best to recreate the same environment at home.
Make use of a quiet room – free from distractions – with a desk setup that allows you to sit with your feet on the floor, your back supported, and your shoulders upright and relaxed (not slouched). Don’t have a home desk or spare room? Create space at a kitchen or dining room table and enforce quiet/work hours at home if necessary.
When aches and stiffness flare in your hands or other joints, know your limitations. Take breaks for stretches or outdoor walks (remember your social distancing) and stay hydrated. If able, consider adding a short exercise routine to your morning schedule before you clock in for work. Use the time you’d normally have for your commute to keep your joints lubricated and flexible.
It’s important to keep to a schedule as you work remotely, but if you are not accustomed to this environment you may feel compelled to work harder and longer. Visibility is important, but so is good physical and mental care so you don’t succumb to discomfort and burnout. PC Magazine offers a detailed list of tips for the new remote employee to help you maintain a good balance in your home office.
Have questions about managing your joint pain during this time? Contact Bon Secours Virginia Orthpaedic & Spine Specialists.