September 10, 2020
As the coronavirus epidemic forces millions of Americans to work from home, health care providers are reporting a surge of patients seeking help for injuries linked to unexpectedly long-term, makeshift workspaces.
According to the New York Times, the American Chiropractic Association in April conducted a Facebook survey that found 92% of the 213 chiropractors who responded said their patients were reporting more back pain, neck pain, or other musculoskeletal issues since states across the country began implementing stay-at-home orders amid the epidemic.
According to the Times, these patients have a similar pattern of behavior: When first required to work from home, they thought the shift was temporary, so they weren’t concerned about hunching over a laptop in their kitchens, beds, or sofas. However, as that short-term expectation morphed into long-term—and occasionally permanent—work-from-home conditions, the mild discomfort associated with a few weeks of being hunched over laptops and sitting in slouched, hunched positions has turned into sharper pain.