You might expect to develop wrist pain if you’re doing assembly line work or some other active job, but most office workers don’t expect to develop this type of pain.
However, medical studies show that this expectation may be misguided. One medical study reports that 6% of non-manual workers experienced wrist discomfort within the past week. There are many reasons why office workers develop aching wrists, and understanding some of these reasons can help people treat or prevent this aching. One group of medical professionals who can provide this understanding is physical therapists. Furthermore, they can help you find highly effective treatment for your wrist pain.
Three reasons office workers develop wrist pain:
1. Chair height — Most office workers probably don’t connect aching wrists with the height of their desk chairs, yet chair height is a common source of wrist discomfort.
A chair that’s too high increases pressure on the wrists by bending them downward awkwardly when you’re typing. Chairs that are too low cause the wrists to bend upward in an awkward and potentially painful way. The ideal chair height is one that allows you to keep your wrists flat and parallel to the keyboard.
2. Unergonomic keyboards — Often, office workers have equipment that’s designed to reduce the risk of wrist pain. Now, more people are working from home, and they may not have access to an ergonomic keyboard and risk-reducing equipment.
In turn, this can lead to a higher risk of aching wrists. One way to reduce your risk even if you don’t have an ergonomic keyboard is to pay closer attention to the positioning of your wrists while typing.
3. Repetitive movements — Typing is one repetitive movement that can trigger an aching in your wrists, but it’s far from the only such movement that office workers often do. For instance, common activities that require repetitive wrist movements include:
- Stapling documents.
- Putting together presentation packets.
- Moving your mouse.
Any of these tasks can lead to wrist fatigue that can turn into a short-term or long-term aching.
Arrow PTR offers top-notch treatment for wrist pain
Are you an office worker who has developed wrist pain? You’ll find effective help for your pain at Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation. Our team can do a free screening of your aching wrist to determine why they’re aching. Additionally, we can create an individualized therapy plan for you that’s designed to reduce your pain and prevent it from coming back. You can even sign up for at-home care and virtual therapy sessions with our team. This can help you treat your wrist discomfort from home.
Contact our team today for more information about how we can treat your aching wrists or to schedule an initial appointment to start treating them.