Working an office job with spondylosis
With spondylosis, simple tasks can become very difficult, including just sitting in a chair for hours at your job. If you work at a desk for long periods, then the pain from spondylosis can become overwhelming, but there are many things you can do to avoid this.
A few on-the-job tips
Some techniques to avoid spondylosis symptoms if you work in an office include:
- Stretch — Maintain a daily stretching routine before and/or after work to keep your muscles loose and avoid straining them. Just 15 minutes in the morning can make a big difference in how you feel throughout the day.
- Ice and heat your back — If your office has a freezer, keep an ice pack in it and alternate ice with heat. In addition to, or as an alternative to, a heating pad, you might want to consider a heated massage cover for your office chair, which combines the two therapies for an even greater benefit.
- Exercise — Obesity is a serious risk factor for spondylosis and can increase the severity of symptoms, so exercising regularly can help make all aspects of life easier, including working at a desk. Even taking a 20-minute walk around the building during your lunch break can make a big difference.
- Take breaks — If possible, try to get up and walk around once an hour or so. This could help reduce stiffness and pain during the day as well as when you get home.
Conservative treatments for spondylosis
In addition to these techniques above, there are many conservative techniques your physician may recommend to alleviate symptoms. These include:
- Spinal steroid injections
- Anti-inflammatory medicines
- Pain medicines, both OTC and prescription
- Physical therapy
For more information on living with spondylosis, or treatments including the minimally invasive spine surgery performed at Laser Spine Institute, contact us. Sometimes patients do not receive adequate pain relief from conservative treatments, and our minimally invasive procedures have been proven to treat spondylosis and many other degenerative spine conditions. Contact us today and we will be happy to review your MRI or CT scan and let you know if our minimally invasive, outpatient procedures could be right for you.