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Posts from November 2020

With more people working from home due to the Covid 19 pandemic making sure you have a good home office set up can be very beneficial. 
The Charity Versus Arthritis have completed a survey on the increased incidence of musculoskeletal pain resulting from a home office set up. They have found 81% of office workers have experienced some sort of musculoskeletal pain, 23% reporting that their pain troubles them often or most of the time. Lumbar pain is the most common complaint.  
In addition to poor home office set up, musculoskeletal problems can also be compounded by a reduction in activity. In the survey 50% of respondents report being less active due to the Lockdown. Only 1 in 3 workers reported having a dedicated workspace at home.  
Bupa UK Insurance have also found similar problems with working from home and reported that - 
11% of home workers sought medical help, the majority resorting to over the counter painkillers, massages or ice baths.  
28% have done nothing to relieve their symptoms, causing unnecessary longer term discomfort. 
42% of those surveyed intend to continue working from home when social distancing rules are relaxed. 
As it appears that home working is becoming the new normal, here are a few tips to relieve some load from your musculoskeletal system when setting up your home workstation : 
Despite prevalence of Covid 19 increasing and the recent notification by the Government of a second Lock-down starting at 12.01am Thursday the 5th November our Governing bodies have advised us that face to face physiotherapy in NHS and Private settings can continue to meet the rehabilitation needs of the community. A Covid 19 risk assessment and triage of your condition continues to be required before you come to clinic. These assessments are usually done by telephone or video link the night before your appointment.  
The possibility of having a face to face consultation needs to be carefully considered by both the patient/client and the treating physiotherapist. 
As our client we need to inform you that in the current environment leaving your home is likely to increase the risk of being exposed to Covid 19. You must also be aware that although the majority of people who contract Covid 19 recover there are groups of people within the population that are at higher risk of suffering more severe symptoms if they develop Covid 19. The NHS defines 2 risk groups for Covid 19, High risk and Moderate risk (for more detailed info on these groups please see link ) . 
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