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Why do I have neck pain when I’m at my office desk?

Dr. Arnan Sisson, PT/ 8/31/2022

In today’s FAQ article, we answer the question “Why do I have neck pain when I’m at my desk?” 

If you are dealing with neck pain and would like to know how we can help, call or text us at (804) 493-3256.

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Why do I have neck pain when I’m at my desk?

I recently had a treatment by my therapist at Sisson & Associates for a chronic stiff neck issue that has plagued me for over 5 years. At the beginning of the treatment, it was painful to turn my head from side to side and I couldn’t look back over my shoulder due to pain and stiffness.

After several minutes of treatment, on either side of my neck and into my shoulders, I felt a range of motion that was really improved, and the pain had eased. They also gave me detailed coaching on three different types of stretching exercises and how exactly to perform the motion as well as how long to hold the stretch in order to keep the problem from coming back.

I plan to keep coming to Sisson’s to continue to work out the joint and muscle tension and stiffness that has built up over the years.


Colonial Beach, VA

So why does a person’s neck hurt while they’re at their desk working?

Generally, there would be many reasons why people’s necks hurt at their desk.

It could be just the setup of the desk but overall, humans are not designed to sit for hours on end despite tending to do that. There’s a study done a couple of years ago that describes the cost of sitting and how it now exceeds the cost of treating smoking.

Do you tend to sit too long or often?

As a whole we all sit way too much. So we try to help people at the clinic really try to figure out great solutions so they can optimize their work spaces. For instance, we encourage people to go and take pictures of their workspaces and redesign them to be as ergonomically efficient as possible because that makes a big difference. This is especially true if you’re going to spend 8- 12 hours a day like some people do.

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