There are many professions where the employees stand for most of the day. Examples include construction work, nursing, and retail workers. Standing all days places a lot of stress on the spine which can cause chronic back and neck pain. It can cause fatigue.
In severe cases, workers may need to take off to treat with a pain management doctor who can determine whether any discs have herniated, whether any nerves are damaged, and other causes for their pain.
A few workplace suggestions.
Some of the recommended steps to help reduce the pains and stresses of working all day are:
- Wear the right shoes. Some industries such as construction may require that workers were heavy boots. In other professions, workers can choose their footwear. Generally, shoes should be chosen because they feel comfortable more than for how they look. They should enclose your feet as opposed to being slip-ons. They should have comfortable inner linings.
- Take regular breaks. Workers should try rest breaks when allowed to get off their feet and rest the rest of their body.
- Vary standing positions. It can help to vary the way you stand. Simple adjustments such as favoring your left foot and then your right can help your body change the stress points while you stand.
- Keep good posture. It usually helps to stand with your back straight as opposed to being bent over. Good posture helps to distribute your weight more evenly and take pressure off your joints and back.
- Strengthen your legs. Exercises such as calf and leg exercises, squats, and heel raises may help. Going for walks may help strengthen your legs too – after you’ve had some time to rest them.
- Stretching. Stretching during the day and after work may help. Stretching can help relax your muscles
- Elevate your feet. When you go home, you should rest. It helps to elevate your feet with a pillow or some object.
Consider ergonomic devices. Sitting all day can be bad for your health too. Some people, where possible, use adjustable tables so they can sit part of the day and stand part of the day.As always, before making any adjustments to your routine, it’s advisable to speak with your physician.
This post does not constitute medical advice. Readers who are concerned about health issues should make an appointment with their doctor
To discuss your pain management concerns with a pain management doctor, please call us at 215-741-7031 or 215-504-2815.Our Medical Team: Drs. Anju Madnani and Sanjay Madnani, help all types of patients including injured workers diagnose and treat their pain.
We treat injured workers throughout the Bucks County region and neighboring counties such as Montgomery County and Philadelphia. We see patients who live in Newtown, Yardley, Levittown, and most everywhere across Bucks County and the other neighboring counties.