As we already knew, pain mentions are above their pre-pandemic levels, but it’s shocking to see just how much more some types of pain are being experienced.
Wrist pain saw the largest increase in reports during the height of the pandemic, and has the largest increase compared to January 2019 levels than any other pain type. While there are many reasons for wrist pain, one of the big contributing factors may have been the mass switch from office working to home working.
It’s incredibly easy to damage your wrist while working at a desk. Bad posture, equipment in the wrong position, and unsuitable mice and keyboards will all quickly wreak havoc on your wrists. With millions going from workstations that met health and safety standards to cobbling together a place to work at home, it’s no surprise wrist complaints skyrocketed.
The fact levels have remained high is concerning. We can’t give specific medical advice, but we can say that if your wrist is hurting regularly, don’t ignore it!
Whatever the causes and reasons, we can be thankful things have improved since 2020, and hope 2023 is at least a little less painful.
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