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How to Properly Sit at a Desk

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Working at a desk is something many people do for several hours on a daily basis. Sitting may not seem like a particularly stressful activity, but it can lead to pain or even injury. With so much time spent in a seated position, making an effort to sit properly can go a long way in reducing orthopedic injuries. Continue reading for information on how to properly sit at a desk.

Your Back
Your lower back must be properly supported when sitting at a desk. If your knees are not even with your hips when seated, you may need to adjust your chair. Make sure your chair braces your lumbar and feels comfortable. Don’t slouch, and try to keep your shoulders perpendicular to the floor.

Your Feet
Ideally, your feet should be able to rest flat on the floor. If the entire soles of your feet cannot touch the floor at your workplace, try using a footrest to find a comfortable level for your feet. Avoid crossing your legs, as this can reduce circulation and potentially lead to hip problems.

Your Arms
While typing, your forearms should be parallel to the floor. Your elbows should rest comfortably at your side and create a 90-degree angle. Rest your arms from typing periodically to reduce the risk of repetitive motion injuries. Keep your wrists straight while typing or use a wrist pad if available.

Your Neck
Try to keep your neck in line with your spine while sitting at a desk. Adjust your computer monitor so it is at eye level; this will ensure your neck is properly aligned with the rest of your body.

If you are suffering from shoulder, back, or joint pain, Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine can help. Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine provides reliable and effective orthopedic care from experienced orthopedic surgeons in the New York City area. If you are in need of orthopedic treatment or surgery, call Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine at (866) 650-8063.

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