Neck Discomfort

Relieving Neck Pain: Causes and Solutions

Neck pain can occur for a variety of reasons, and it is important to seek medical advice from a GP or specialist if the symptoms persist for more than a week. Seeking immediate medical help is necessary in cases of neck pain caused by obvious trauma, such as a fall or a road traffic accident.

The setup of a computer workstation is a common cause of neck pain, and a thorough assessment of the workstation is recommended to ensure that it is not contributing to your discomfort. Muscle tightness in the shoulders, arms, and back can also contribute to neck pain, so avoiding prolonged periods of leaning forward while working at a desk is crucial. Additionally, the position of paperwork, the computer mouse, keyboard, and monitor can greatly affect neck pain. For example, having paperwork in front of the keyboard can cause the user to lean forward, placing strain on the arms and shoulders while also causing “static muscle loading” that can quickly lead to neck pain. This discomfort can also spread to the shoulders and arms, making typing and using the mouse uncomfortable and potentially aggravating the symptoms.

Effective Solutions for Preventing Neck Pain

To minimise neck pain caused by workstation setup, it is recommended to use a  document holder to keep paperwork and equipment in safe positions. Choosing an ergonomic mouse that reduces gripping and elbow/shoulder movements can also be helpful. Additionally, using an ergonomic chair with a forward tilt can help keep the head in line with the shoulders, preventing strain on the neck and shoulder muscles. It is also beneficial to choose a chair with adjustable armrests to support the arms and keep the elbows in line with the shoulders, closer to the body's centre line. DSE Solutions offers assistance in identifying suitable equipment, and a thorough workstation assessment is the best way to ensure the right solutions are implemented.

In conclusion, neck pain can be caused by various factors and can greatly impact daily activities. Seeking professional help and making necessary adjustments to your workstation setup can significantly reduce discomfort and prevent further musculoskeletal issues.

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