Desk Job Put a Strain on My Neck

My neck started hurting after I got a desk job. When we switched to laptops I still wanted to use a regular keyboard and a mouse. I cannot stand the touchpad and the keys on the keyboard of a laptop. This puts the screen too far away from me, and I lean my neck forward to see it. So much for following good ergonomic recommendations. I ended up pinching a nerve in my neck that lead to sensations of bugs crawling in my right ear and a similar sensation across my face to my nose. A San Francisco chiropractor was on my list of necessary calls to make on my way home from work on Monday. The reason I called is that I fixed how I sit at my computer a couple of weeks before, but I still had the odd sensations.

The IT department hooked me up with a flat screen monitor I could attach to my laptop when at my desk. The keyboard was right in front of it, so that fixed my problem of poor body position while using a computer. However, I did not feel any better in my neck even two weeks later. It was not getting any better, so I went to the chiropractor to get evaluated to see what I had gone and done to the nerves in my spinal column at my neck. In addition to pinching a nerve, I had lost quite a bit of muscle mass at my desk job. This was adding to the pain I was feeling in my back. The chiropractor adjusted my spine to give me some immediate relief, but I had to get busy with exercises to rebuild my strength in my upper back and neck area.

You would think that it would be working a laborious job that would lead to back pain. On the contrary, mine started when I sat down at a desk. I’m glad I got to the chiropractor before it got any worse.