Preventing Neck Pain

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Sitting at your desk all day can be a real pain in the neck. Dr. Edward Hill discusses neck pain and how you can prevent it in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Most neck pain is associated with poor posture on top of age-related wear and tear. To help prevent neck pain, keep your head centered over your spine, so gravity works with your neck instead of against it.

Avoid pain by following these suggestions.

Take frequent breaks if you drive long distances or work long hours at your computer.

Adjust your desk, chair and computer so the monitor is at eye level. Knees should be slightly lower than hips. Use your chairs armrests.

Avoid tucking the phone between your ear and shoulder when you talk. If you use the phone a lot, get a headset.

Stretch frequently if you work at a desk.

Balance your base. Stretching the front chest wall muscles and strengthening the muscles around the shoulder blade and back of the shoulder can promote a balanced base of support for the neck.

Avoid sleeping on your stomach. This position puts stress on your neck. Choose a pillow that supports the natural curve of your neck.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.