"Get up and get moving" is common advice for people in California who suffer the consequences of a sedentary life. However, if a large portion of that sedentary life is spent at work, it may be difficult to incorporate such advice into the day. Studies continue to confirm that many workplace injuries and illnesses occur due to the very nature of some jobs.
It may seem obvious that someone working in the industries of construction, farming or distribution would be susceptible to pain and illness from the strenuous work they do. However, those whose jobs are less physical may be putting their bodies under a different kind of stress. Sitting for the majority of one's waking hours working at a computer makes one vulnerable to a host of negative consequences.
A sedentary lifestyle may contribute to a worker's obesity, leaving him or her susceptible to chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. Additionally, the musculoskeletal system of the body is not meant for prolonged inactivity like sitting in one position or repetitive motions such as using a mouse or typing. Back pain, carpal tunnel and chronic fatigue may result if the workplace does not allow frequent breaks, provide ergonomic equipment, allow natural sunlight and encourage healthy lifestyles.
Chronic illnesses and injuries due to an office environment can be painful and debilitating. However, many in California who suffer from these conditions find it difficult to convince their employers or the insurance company that these are indeed workplace injuries. Instead of receiving the medical help they need, they may be left to deal with the pain, including missing work and paying out of pocket for treatment. Fortunately, with the assistance of an attorney, they may be able to obtain the help they need.
Source: fox17online.com, "Office jobs can cause chronic diseases; Experts have advice on what to do", Erica Francis, Accessed on July 18, 2017