“Deskjobitis”– (desk – job – eye -tis) a condition of neck and upper shoulder pain often seen as the direct result of working long hours hunched over a computer. (It’s actually a word I’m pushing to have added to the dictionary! We’ll see how successful I am!)
As a doctor of physical therapy, spine pain is the most common condition that I see in my clinic. In fact in a recent study it was shown that the incidence for neck pain in the United States ranges right around 25%. That means that one in every four of us in the good ol’ USA are going to suffer from neck pain at some time in our lives. If you don’t have it personally chances are that you know someone who does. I point my finger at one culprit – unfortunately I’m currently typing on it so I can’t point at it for very long. Aside from car accidents, sitting with poor posture for long hours at work/a computer is the number two reason people come to see me with neck pain.
It’s for these reasons that I’m dedicating this “Feel Better Now” series post to the discussion and treatment of mechanical neck pain (meaning it came on slowly/gradually without a specific injury). Below we’ll discuss what it is, why you get it, and share some stretches and exercises that you can do to “Feel Better Now“!