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Work from home may damage Spinal Cord, Doctors raises alarm

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The work from home culture has changed the way we work now. Earlier, people would travel to the workplace and work for fixed hours. From home, you are ‘logged in’ almost always.

 

People aren’t realizing what they are losing in terms of health with this new abnormal lifestyle, warns Dr Swati Bhat, Director (South) with Interventional Pain and Spine Centre (IPSC) and Head, IPSC Varsity.

 

Many workers and employers were forced to embrace the prospect of home-based working when lockdown first started in last year March. It has been proven that working from home can be just as productive, if not more so, than working from the office. Whatever the future holds, many businesses and employees are continuing to work from home.

 

There has certainly been an increase in ‘virtual presenteeism’ while employees have been working remotely, with many employees feeling pressured to always be online. This has caused the lines between work and family life to become blurred. It’s far too easy to fall into the trap of leaving your work laptop, or phone always on and to keep checking for messages.

 

“With long hours of sitting, pressure builds on the discs of the Spinal cord. These discs are very crucial parts that help mobility. People aren’t realizing what they are losing in terms of health with this new abnormal lifestyle, alerts Dr Swati Bhat, Director (South) with Interventional Pain and Spine Centre (IPSC) and Head, IPSC Varsity.

 

“With long hours of sitting, pressure builds on the discs of the Spinal cord. These discs are very crucial parts that help mobility. When one has very limited mobility, the bones would pressurize and suppress the discs. Most times, people working from home don’t pay attention to nutrition and adequate water consumption as well. This adds up to the already existing issues and the discs become dehydrated and weak.”

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