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Stand-up desks more ergonomic, decrease back pain

There are a number of people in Fort Collins who work, all-day long, at a desk in front of their computers. With more and more jobs relying on people to sit at a desk, there has been some concern about how sitting at a desk will affect an employee's lower back. Luckily, many people who use stand-up or adjustable desks often have less back pain.

A physician who also teaches ergonomics has said that standing while working can reduce strain on the back, neck, and shoulders. Standing also makes it more difficult to slouch. If employers really want to reduce an employee's back pain or prevent it from happening in the first place, they would provide more options for standing or adjusting their desks.

Employers not only need to ensure that their workplaces are safe, but also that they are ergonomically designed so that workers won't develop some kind of repetitive injury or an occupational disease. When they don't and their employees are hurt, the employees can likely apply for workers' compensation. These funds are meant to ensure that a wounded employee does not become impoverished because he or she is unable to work.

There are other things that someone with lower back injuries can do to reduce or prevent pain. This could include parking far from the building and walking to and from the building. Employees can also take frequent breaks, walking around the office or standing and stretching. Of course, these are only quick fixes to the long-term problem of back pain.

Source: Sun Sentinel, "Some workers use stand-up desks for health, energy," Marcia Heroux Pounds, Aug. 12, 2012

Whether they result in paralysis or severe back pain, work-related back injuries can lead to Colorado workers' compensation. For more information, please visit our website.

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