In a previous article, we talked about some of the painful conditions and injuries that can occur while working in an office setting. Now let’s talk specifically about pain from your computer setup. This article will go over the types of pain caused by a dual monitor computer setup and also delve into how to prevent and treat related pain.
Pain at your Desk
A dual monitor setup is becoming more and more popular among workers. This type of work station can significantly increase productivity, but there are a few safety precautions to keep in mind to prevent neck pain. Here are a few ways a dual monitor setup can lead to neck pain:
- Incorrect placement of the monitors. Make sure both monitors sit right next to each other so you minimize the amount of twisting required by your neck.
- Incorrect sitting or standing position. The way you sit or stand relative to your computer screens also has a big impact on the development of pain conditions.
Preventing Neck Pain at your Computer
The best way to treat pain from a dual monitor computer setup is to do everything you can to prevent the pain before it begins. Make sure your setup is ergonomically friendly. That means keeping your monitors about an arm’s reach away from your face. Many people have a tendency to lean way too close to their computers. While this may help you see it puts additional strain on your neck. Also pay attention to the height of your monitors relative to your eye line. Make sure you’re not having to look up or down at your computers while seated or standing. This can lead to craning of the neck, which can result in pain.
If you have developed chronic neck pain that you think may be related to your work setup, talk to a pain management physician to go over some options for treatment. The pain doctors at Advanced Spine & Pain Clinics of MN have a successful history of treating patients for all types of neck pain. Our physicians have been practicing in the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs for over twenty years now and have the expertise needed to get you back on the path to a pain-free life. Contact our office today to set up your appointment.