If you are one of the 1.5 million people suffering from RA (rheumatoid arthritis) sitting upright at your desk or hunched over a computer can be a shock to bones and joints.
Here are some simple tips to help manage your RA at work:
1. Sit up straight
Sitting up straight engages your back and core muscles and keeps your spine limber. Check that your workstation is ergonomically correct with the monitor at eye level and your chair set so feet can rest comfortably on the floor.
2. Move your mouse
Alternate your mouse so that it’s on both sides of your desk throughout the day. This keeps one set of finger and wrist joints from getting too tired and strained.
3. Work out during the day
Take a brisk walk during your lunch break, or visit the nearby gym. Staying active during the day interspersed with sitting at your desk will keep joints flexible and lubricated.
Stopping work to stretch at least once every hour is beneficial to both your joints, and your mind. Stand up and reach high above your head while taking a few deep breaths to get blood flowing. Or perform a few seated leg stretches from your chair.
5. Check out orthotic inserts or splints for extra support
If you stand on your feet all day, a good pair of orthotics could help relieve pressure throughout your whole body and reduce foot pain. Similarly, a wrist splint may give you extra support and reduce fatigue and irritation if you routinely use just one hand to perform your job.
If your RA pain is persistent and severe, and unmanageable with medication and exercise, please contact usfor an appointment.