Back, spine problems up from working at home amid COVID-19 pandemic

Lena Weib

Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, health professionals are noticing how people have had to cope with exacerbated body aches that come with a less active lifestyle.

Back pain remains one of the most prevalent health problems and a leading cause of disability. About 80% of all Americans will experience lower back pain at some point in their lives, according to research by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

The pandemic has made this worse, according to Richard Thompson of German Village Chiropractors. 

How has COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated back and spine issues?

Improper work-from-home setups and a decrease in daily activities are two main factors causing worsened muscle aches during the COVID-19 pandemic, Thompson said.

“Most people are not set up properly in an office, so they’re sitting on kitchen chairs, they’re sitting on a sofa with a laptop in her lap, and this just doesn’t help the back at all,” he said. “And people aren’t able to stick with their normal exercising routines, whether it’s going to the gym or taking yoga classes.”

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