Desk vs. your body: A guide to conquering your daily foe (Part 2)

shutterstock_193286468In part 1 of this piece, we talked about carpal tunnel syndrome, a condition that arises from habitual use of hands in activities like typing. But if you thought that was the only desk job-related condition that arise from years of the 9 to 5 grind, we're sorry to inform you that you're mistaken. Here are some other conditions that illustrate just how perilous it can be to work a desk job. Fortunately, we have solutions as well. 

Back pain

  • What is it: Uh, well, the title says it all. And seriously, we doubt we need to spell out what back pain is for you. After all, if you're like 80 percent of people out there, then you don't only know what back pain is, but you've felt it. To describe back pain as unpleasant would be to shortchange the utter house of horrors it can unleash on the human body. Pain like this can not only keep you out of work, but it can also prevent you from enjoying life.
  • Symptoms: The name of this condition should give you a pretty good idea of what the symptoms are. 
  • Caused by: Where to start. The underlying causes of back pain are virtually limitless. It can result from a bad fall, a wonky sleep position, a sports injury, or just ... sitting at a desk. That's right - back pain is another consequence of a desk job. When you slump over in your chair all day, what you're basically doing is habituating your body to that position. Over time, this will weaken the back and core, causing pain.
  • Steps to prevent it: Strengthen, strengthen, strengthen. But it's not your back you need to really focus on - it's your abs. By building top-of-the-line abdominal muscles, you'll ensure that your abs can stabilize your body without overtaxing the back. Also, it's vital to work on posture. Since this can be hard to do in the reclining embrace of a traditional desk chair, we recommend opting for a medicine ball or a standing desk instead. 

Chondromalacia

  • What it is: The knee joint is an especially fragile one, and it has the potential to get a lot weaker as you get older. According to MedicineNet, chondromalacia occurs as a result of the wearing down of cartilage around the knee area. Because cartilage serves as the protective shield that encases the delicate patella, the deterioration of this defensive line ends up leaving the kneecap more exposed, which causes pain.
  • Symptoms: Basically, the whole area around your knee - but particularly the interior portion - will feel painful and enflamed. If you've ever had knee pain, you know just what a nag it can be, disrupting everyday activities like walking down steps and cleaning the house.
  • Caused by: There are a number of things that can cause this condition, but one exacerbating factor is sitting at a desk for extended periods of time. 
  • Steps to prevent it: Get the blood flowing to your knees and keep them active. Believe it or not, building a stronger core can actually be one of the key factors in having less injury-prone knees, according to Gaiam Life. Between stopping back and knee pain, it seems that core work is basically the way to go for all-purpose body injury prevention. If you already have knee pain or you sense that some may be on the way, it's worth purchasing knee pads, which can help to prevent the knee joint from unnecessary pressure. 

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