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Workplace Ergonomics and Orthopedic Health

May 2, 2024

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Taking care of your orthopedic health extends into the workplace. In this blog, learn about the importance of ergonomics and how you can prioritize your orthopedic health whether you work from home or in an office environment.

What is Ergonomics?

Ergonomics strives to minimize discomfort, fatigue, and injury by enhancing comfort, safety, and efficiency. Ergonomics can be employed everywhere, from homes and workplaces to public spaces.

Components of an Ergonomic Work Setup

There are a few things to consider when setting up an ergonomic workspace. First, make sure your desk and chair are at a height that encourages good posture. Additionally, place your computer monitor, keyboard, and mouse in comfortable positions that don’t strain your neck, shoulders, wrists, or hands.

Ergonomic Equipment

There is a variety of ergonomic equipment available that can make your workspace more comfortable. Adjustable desks, chairs, and computer monitors can be set at a height that’s best for you, and ergonomic keyboards and mice make repetitive motions such as typing less likely to cause strain.

Moving and Stretching

Even with ergonomic equipment, sitting for prolonged periods can cause a variety of health concerns. It’s important to stand up and move around frequently. Try to take regular breaks to walk around your office or outside, and incorporate some simple stretches into your workday to reduce stiffness in your neck, shoulders, back, and legs.

Orthopedic Specialists is Here for You 

If you’re looking to maintain your orthopedic health or have specific concerns, the teams at Iowa Specialty Hospital and Orthopedic Specialists are here to help. You can contact us today to schedule an appointment with our orthopedic care team.

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