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How to Prevent Knee Pain When Working from Home

How to Prevent Knee Pain When Working from Home

How to Prevent Knee Pain When Working from Home

How to Prevent Knee Pain When Working from Home
Do you suffer from knee pain during the workday? You’re not alone. A new study reports that one in every four Americans suffers from chronic knee pain.

Many people experience pain or discomfort in the knee joint. Some even end up requiring several surgeries if the knee pain is left unaddressed.Ergonomics Consultants, Office Assessments, | Solutions Northwest Inc.

Knee pain can occur when working from home because of a sedentary lifestyle, environmental change, poor office ergonomics, or job stress.

This guide from the ergonomics experts at Solutions Northwest Inc., explains the causes of knee pain at work and how you can reduce symptoms. Keep reading to learn how you can prevent knee pain.

What Causes Knee Pain While Working?

Knee pain can happen to anyone at any age. Usually, knee pain is a result of lifestyle habits more so than a genetic predisposition. This is good news because it means with empowered decisions you can reduce, reverse, or prevent your knee pain.

Below are some common causes of knee pain:

  • Intense exercise or overexercising
  • Running “runner’s knee”
  • Unaddressed injuries
  • Being overweight
  • Poor workplace ergonomics
  • Bending your knees too often/for prolonged periods
  • Placing heavy weight on your knees 
  • Crossing your legs for extended periods of time

One or a combination of these factors can cause your knee pain, below are five knee pain solutions to prevent knee pain.

Ergonomics Consultants, Office Assessments, | Solutions Northwest Inc.1. Set Up Your Workstation Ergonomically

Since you spend about a third of your day at your workstation, how you sit while working from home has a huge influence on your knee pain. Keeping your knees bent for extended periods of time is not good. Make sure to stretch frequently or consider a standing desk.

Setting up a workstation with proper ergonomics can be a daunting task. Most workplace managers or human resource managers will hire an Ergonomics Consultant to design their employees’ workstations, whether in-office or remote. Contact your management today to see if this is something they offer. Or consider a virtual ergonomics assessment, which can be affordable enough to invest in for remote workers.

2. Strengthen Your Hips and Glutes

When the muscles surrounding the knees are weak, it puts all of the pressure of your body weight on the knees. Work on strengthening your hips and glutes with strength training twice a week. Doing so will build the surrounding muscles to protect your knees.

3. Improve Your Posture

Posture impacts everything from your vagus nerve to your knee health. It’s often overlooked.

The mid-day slump is a common cause of chronic pain for desk workers. Be mindful of your posture at all times.

Your feet should evenly touch the floor and your screen should be at eye level. Your shoulders should be relaxed on your armrests throughout your workday. Poor posture, if not addressed, will also strain the neck, back, arms, and legs.

Related article: “4 Tips to Improve Your Posture at Work

4. Move Every Hour or Half Hour

Even if you’re sitting in the best position with the best posture, your knees “lock” into a position. This is never good for them. Keep things fluid by taking 250 steps every hour (about 2 minutes of walking).

Consider setting a timer on your phone to remind you to take a break.

Related article: “5 Reasons Work Breaks Boost Productivity

5. Incorporate Self-Care

The workday puts a lot of stress on the body. Make sure to incorporate self-care into each work week. Go for walks, swim, get a massage, or try knee acupuncture.

Use Proper Ergonomics to Design Your Home Office Setup

Remote work is a luxury to be enjoyed. If you feel that working from home has worsened your knee pain, take charge.

Speak with your office manager or human resources manager and ask them to schedule an ergonomics assessment for your workstation.

You may also consider a virtual ergonomics consultation where a professional ergonomics consultant will advise you on simple changes that can prevent knee pain (all you need is access to e-mail or a smart phone). They’ll also address any other issues such as neck pain or carpal tunnel. Once your workstation is comfortable, you will likely find yourself working not only pain free, but in a timelier and more productive manner!

If you or your remote employees need to design an ergonomic home workspace, contact the ergonomics experts at Solutions Northwest Inc. for more information.

At SolutionsNW.com we value the importance of a positive workplace culture. Part of a positive workplace is a safe workplace, Contact Us to schedule an ergonomics consultation or ergonomics assessment for your office today.

Subscribe to our ergonomics blog for more ergonomics tips from Solutions Northwest Inc., ergonomics evaluations available in: Seattle, WA, Tacoma, WA, Olympia, WA, Vancouver, WA, Kent, WA Renton, WA, Beaverton, OR, Portland, OR, Salem, OR.

Virtual Ergonomics Assessment available nationwide!

Contact the Ergonomics Experts at Solutions Northwest Inc. Below:

Multiple Locations

Corporate Office: 120 State Ave. NE #397
Olympia, WA 98501
Business Hours: 8am-5pm M-F
Corporate FAX: 360-866-4773
Email: Info@solutionsnw.com

Olympia, WA

360-236-8748

Portland/Salem, OR

503-768-9742

Seattle, WA

206-521-5676

Contact our Ergonomics Experts

Disability Leave Services: What to Know About Long-Term Disability

Disability Leave Services: What to Know About Long-Term Disability

Disability Leave Services: What to Know About Long-Term Disability

Disability Leave Services: What to Know About Long-Term DisabilityContact Vocational Consultants for Assessments on Worker Compensation Seattle Washington

Did you know that around 61 million American adults have some type of disability? Disability can affect anyone at any time. That’s why many employees wish to get coverage.

If you’re an HR professional, attorney, or risk manager and want to learn more about long-term disability insurance and disability leave services, you’ve come to the right place.

Below, our vocational and disability management experts share everything you need to know about this type of insurance. Our vocational experts also explain how you can get in touch with our disability management consulting services for more detailed information and support.

What is Disability Leave?

An employee who is unable to execute the essential duties of their job due to a medical condition may be awarded disability leave.

Disability leave is a permitted leave of absence offered as a disability accommodation. It is not classified as accrued time off.

What is Long-Term Disability Insurance?

If an employee becomes disabled and cannot work, long-term disability insurance is helpful. It’s a policy that pays the policyholder direct monthly benefits to replace a portion of their wages.

Workplace disability insurance covers critical illnesses and injuries that prevent someone from working. It also covers long-term disabilities that prevent employees from ever working again.

Long-term disability insurance is a wise investment for healthy adults. It may be obtained as an individual or as a group.

How Does Long-Term Disability Work?

Generally, long-term disability insurance functions similarly to other types of workplace insurance.

Contact Vocational Consultants for Assessments on Worker Compensation Seattle WashingtonPolicyholders pay the premiums, usually every month. In exchange, an insurance provider promises a client long-term disability compensation. This is if an employee experiences a serious sickness or injury that keeps them from working.

How Long Does Long-Term Disability Last?

As long as premiums get paid on time and in full, long-term disability coverage will remain in effect.

The benefit period of a policy determines how long long-term disability benefits will last. For example, the benefit term could be for a specific number of weeks, months, or years, or it could be until a particular age.

Benefit periods for long-term disability insurance policies typically range from two to ten years or up to retirement age.

Is Long-Term Disability Insurance Worth it for your Business?

Anywhere, at any time, there is a chance of a significant workplace accident or workplace injury. Waiting until an employee becomes disabled will make it impossible to obtain coverage.

Because of this, believing “it won’t happen to me” is the worst thing one can do.

Furthermore, there is a significant financial incentive for creating a strategy right now. Like most types of health insurance, long-term disability insurance grows more expensive as an employee ages.

Because of this, it makes sense to lock in a cheaper rate when an employee is young.

Consider Our Disability Leave Management Services

Now that you know more about what long-term disability insurance entails, check out our disability leave management services at SolutionsNW.com! Our vocational consultants can help you navigate any confusion you may have on this topic.

To learn more about our disability management services, contact our professionals today.

At Solutions Northwest Inc., our vocational experts are involved in  ADA Accommodations , personal injury, workers’ compensation, and family law.

Contact us today to make an appointment.

Subscribe to our blog for more work related tips from Solutions Northwest, Inc., experts available in: Seattle, WA, Tacoma, WA, Olympia, WA, Vancouver, WA, Kent, WA Renton, WA, Beaverton, WA

Contact the Vocational Consultants at Solutions Northwest Inc. Below:

Multiple Locations

Corporate Office: 120 State Ave. NE #397
Olympia, WA 98501
Business Hours: 8am-5pm M-F
Corporate FAX: 360-866-4773
Email: Info@solutionsnw.com

Seattle, WA

206-521-5676

Portland/Salem, OR

503-768-9742

Olympia, WA

360-236-8748

Contact our Vocational Consultants

Standing Workstation Ergonomics: Frequently Asked Questions

Standing Workstation Ergonomics: Frequently Asked Questions

Standing Workstation Ergonomics: Frequently Asked Questions

Standing Workstation Ergonomics: Frequently Asked Questions Ergonomics Consultants, Office Assessments, | Solutions Northwest Inc.

Standing workstations accounted for 95% of desk sales in 2019, and experts expect this number to rise. Those interested in proper workstation ergonomics (ergonomics is the study of people’s efficiency in their working environment) already know that standing desks contribute to an ergonomic office by improving employee health and productivity.

Keep reading if you’re considering a new desk for your office or home office. Below are a few frequently asked questions about standing workstations that the ergonomics consultants at Solutions Northwest Inc. commonly answer.

What are the Benefits of a Standing Workstation?

The popularity of standing workstations is no mistake. The standing workstation can help combat the adverse effects of sitting all day. There are many health benefits to using a standing workstation. Here are a few.

  • Lower Blood Sugar – Standing after your lunch break can help reduce the blood sugar spike from eating. High blood sugar levels are associated with poor health. A sedentary lifestyle is a precursor to Type II Diabetes. Even something as simple as standing to digest your meal can lower your risk.

  • Lowered Risk of Weight Gain – Even standing in one place at your standing workstation burns more calories than sitting. To stave off weight gain, you must burn more calories than you eat. An afternoon spent standing at work instead of sitting can burn 170 calories; if you stand every afternoon all week, you can make a big difference.
  • Lower Risk of Heart Disease –Exercise is key to lowering the risk of heart disease but sitting all day may negate the effects of your workout. Standing appears to be better for heart health.
  • Higher Energy Levels – You’ve probably noticed how sleepy you feel sitting at your desk, especially in the afternoon. Studies show that standing workstations can decrease feelings of fatigue and stress. Your body is more alert when it has to hold itself up.

What are the Downsides of a Standing Workstation?

After going over the benefits of standing while working, we must acknowledge that there are also risks to standing all day the same as there are risks to sitting all day.

Jobs that require standing for many hours have shown to cause pain and swelling in the feet along with certain vascular complications. Standing all day can also add unnecessary strain on your hips, ankles, and knees.

This is why most people will choose to invest in a sit-stand desk that allows you to lower and raise the height of the desk throughout the day. Our ergonomics consultants recommend setting a timer to switch between sitting and standing to allow for a more a balanced workday.

Related Article: “Sitting vs Standing at Your Desk

Ergonomics Consultants, Office Assessments, | Solutions Northwest Inc.Standing Workstations FAQ:
Now that you know you can sit and stand throughout your work day using a sit-stand desk, let’s try answering a few frequently asked questions about standing workstations that the ergonomics consultants at Solutions Northwest Inc. commonly answer below.

Will a Standing Workstation Help with My Back Pain?

Standing workstations can reduce neck, back, and shoulder pain. In some experiments, even individuals with chronic back pain found relief from standing desks.

How High Should I Have My Standing Workstation?

To determine your standing workstation’s correct height, stand up as you usually would. Then, bend your elbows until your forearms are parallel to the ground.

The distance between your elbow and the floor is the ideal height for your workstation. Adjust the height depending on what shoes you’re wearing or if you use a desk mat. 

Are Standing Workstations Affordable?

There are many different options for workstations. Some are very affordable, and others are more pricey. The cost will depend on the number of different configurations, the mobility of the unit, and the types of built-in accessories. Shop around for what suits your budget and your needs. 

Standing Workstation Ergonomics

The popularity of standing workstations speaks for itself. Workers love standing workstations for the health benefits, like decreased risk of heart disease and weight gain to improved back pain and energy levels. 

However, as we noted, our ergonomics consultants recommend purchasing an adjustable sit-stand desk that will allow workers to take a break from standing and sit down throughout the workday.

If you have other standing desk questions or need more help finding ergonomic solutions for your workplace, contact the Ergonomics Experts at Solutions Northwest Inc. for a consultation.

We offer both in-person ergonomics assessments and virtual ergonomics assessment. Through our detailed assessment tools, you can find out exactly what you need to fix in the office for better health and productivity in the workspace.

Check out our website SolutionsNW.com for more details on how you can find the best office setup today!

Subscribe to our ergonomics blog for more ergonomics tips from Solutions Northwest Inc., ergonomics evaluations available in: Seattle, WA, Tacoma, WA, Olympia, WA, Vancouver, WA, Kent, WA Renton, WA, Beaverton, OR, Portland, OR, Salem, OR.

Virtual Ergonomics Assessment available nationwide!

Contact the Ergonomics Experts at Solutions Northwest Inc. Below:

Multiple Locations

Corporate Office: 120 State Ave. NE #397
Olympia, WA 98501
Business Hours: 8am-5pm M-F
Corporate FAX: 360-866-4773
Email: Info@solutionsnw.com

Olympia, WA

360-236-8748

Portland/Salem, OR

503-768-9742

Seattle, WA

206-521-5676

Contact our Ergonomics Experts

What to do After a Workplace Injury Occurs

What to do After a Workplace Injury Occurs

What to do After a Workplace Injury Occurs

What to do After a Workplace Injury OccursContact Vocational Consultants for Assessments on Worker Compensation Seattle Washington

Unfortunately, there are nearly “3 million American workplace injuries each year.” While workplace injuries are unpleasant, not reporting injuries has extensive business consequences.

So, protect your business’s reputation and financial bottom by reading this workplace injury guide created with the help of the vocational experts at Solutions Northwest Inc.! Understanding these essential steps can not only protect your business but help prevent future workplace injuries. 

And if you’re an employer or Human Resources professional with previous experience on workplace injuries, we still highly recommend this guide. Learning new tips can help limit worker’s compensation claims and build your employee’s trust and loyalty.   

1) Attending to Workplace Injuries 

If a workplace injury occurs, the first step is to attend to your employee. It’s vital to assess whether the employee’s injuries are minor or significant. For example, if it’s a simple cut, perhaps no further medical assessment is necessary. 

However, never ignore extensive injuries! Remember, secondary injuries might go undiagnosed. In this case, your worker won’t be available, and you might face an expensive workplace injury lawsuit. 

Some severe post-workplace injuries, left unchecked or diagnosed, might even become fatal. Tragically, nearly “2 million people die annually from workplace injuries.”

Call for professional healthcare services if your medical assessment deduces the injury is serious. If instructed, take the injured employee to a competent medical care facility. 

2) Alert Management and Human Resources 

Contact management and your Human Resources (HR) service after attending to the wounded employee. Be sure to detail what happened, where the accident happened, and the employee’s condition. That way, management can enact safety protocols. 

Contact Vocational Consultants for Assessments on Worker Compensation Seattle WashingtonThat way, all pertinent company officials are notified. In addition, you can visit our blog if you have questions about safety and effective vocational services. Or reach out to our experts directly at SolutionsNorthwest.com/Contact.

3) Block off the Scene of the Workplace Accident

To prevent additional workplace injuries, secure the area where the injury occurred. Also, preserving the scene enables officials like OSHA to investigate.

Furthermore, you can rely on vocational counseling and consulting companies to assess and prevent future workplace injury risks.  

4) Don’t Hesitate Reporting Workplace Injuries

Different states have different rules for reporting injuries. Timely reporting also involves interviewing witnesses. Keep in mind OSHA requires the workplace or Human Resources to report workplace injuries. 

For less severe workplace injuries, OSHA allows you to report them within 24 hours. The same is true if the employee is in the hospital. However, OSHA mandates a report “within eight hours for extreme workplace injuries like lost limbs or death.” 

5) Consider More Workplace Training 

After consulting with a vocational consultant about your safety protocols, consider renewing worker safety training as well. Unavailable employees cost your business in two ways. First, injured workers lead to worker’s comp and lost work productivity. 

Reeducating your employees on updated protocols can help prevent future workplace injuries. Offering incentives for safe work practices might also reduce workplace injuries.  

6) Keep in Touch with Your Injured Employee 

Boosting your employee’s morale during their injury can help your business down the right. If an employee feels that you care, they might go the extra mile when they return. Word may get around to the other employees to boost their workplace morale.

7) Schedule Your Employee’s Return to Work 

Depending on your employee’s work duties, you might have to ease them back into work. If they are nursing an extensive injury, consider a lighter job to get them back into the fold. You can transition them off worker’s compensation and into a stable working salary.    

Stay Proactive About Workplace Injuries

We hope this guide helped shed some light on what to do in the case of a workplace injury. At Solutions Northwest Inc., we pride ourselves on helping employers like you maintain safe workplaces. Our staff analyzes potential workplace injury risks, including workplace ergonomics. 

Contact us today to discuss how our vocational services can benefit your company. We also excel in worker’s compensation matters and personal injury matters.  

Contact Solutions Northwest Inc. to make an appointment! At Solutions Northwest Inc., we can help you find a vocational expert or give you general vocational consulting. Our vocational experts are involved in personal injury, workers’ compensation, and family law.

Subscribe to our blog for more work related tips from Solutions Northwest, Inc., experts available in: Seattle, WA, Tacoma, WA, Olympia, WA, Vancouver, WA, Kent, WA Renton, WA, Beaverton, WA.

Contact the Vocational Consultants at Solutions Northwest Inc. Below:

Multiple Locations

Corporate Office: 120 State Ave. NE #397
Olympia, WA 98501
Business Hours: 8am-5pm M-F
Corporate FAX: 360-866-4773
Email: Info@solutionsnw.com

Seattle, WA

206-521-5676

Portland/Salem, OR

503-768-9742

Olympia, WA

360-236-8748

Contact our Vocational Consultants

3 Benefits of Conducting an In-Person Ergonomics Assessment

3 Benefits of Conducting an In-Person Ergonomics Assessment

3 Benefits of Conducting an In-Person Ergonomics Assessment

3 Benefits of Conducting an In-Person Ergonomics AssessmentErgonomics Consultants, Office Assessments, | Solutions Northwest Inc.

“Ergonomics injuries” account for 30 percent of all workplace injuries. These injuries happen more often when workstations have not been properly designed. This is why most businesses will hire an ergonomics assessment company that can help by observing, analyzing, and recommending how to design a workstation that is tailored to a worker’s needs. 

There are several more reasons why ergonomics assessments are a good idea, including increased productivity and reduced sick days for workers.

Once you accomplish an overview, thanks to an ergonomics consulting company, you’ll have a system to help your employees.

Here is more on the three benefits of hiring an ergonomics consultant company to perform an ergonomic assessment

1. Increased Employee Productivity 

A workplace designed by ergonomics consulting companies will boost worker productivity and make your workplace more efficient. When employees work in a comfortable space put together by an ergonomics consultant, they will stay focused and get more work done. 

In many jobs, employees do repetitive tasks, meaning each motion is the same throughout the day. Ergonomics consulting companies understand how to create an environment that avoids or prevents injuries that can be caused by repetitive motion.

When employees are active and alert, thanks proper ergonomics, they put in a full day and even feel more appreciated and valued as workesr.

2. Reduced Sick Days

About 76 percent of Americans have access to paid sick leave. With back, neck, hip, and shoulder pain, some employees will take multiple sick days for doctor visits or to sit home and rest. 

Ergonomics Consultants, Office Assessments, | Solutions Northwest Inc.Ergonomics assessments can reduce overall sick days. With fewer musculoskeletal problems, employees will consistently be present for work. 

Sick days also cost money over time due to lost productivity. And in some cases, those employees must be replaced, or you must pay others overtime to get the work finished.

3. Improved Employee Morale

Ergonomics assessments can improve morale by not only decreasing the pain a worker may experience, but also by showing them that you value their health and safety.

People’s moods and attitudes will be much more pleasurable throughout the day, leading to a positive workplace culture.

When people are happier on the job, they tend to work for a company longer, which means less turnover. Furthermore, having an experienced staff means they can take on more complicated projects and help the company earn more money over the long term. 

Higher morale means better job satisfaction and better on-the-job engagement. 

Three Benefits of a Workplace Ergonomics Assessments 

The three benefits of a workplace ergonomic assessment we discussed are better productivity, fewer sick days, and improved morale. These are just some benefits of hiring an ergonomics consulting company for your workplace! 

The ergonomics experts at Solutions Northwest Inc. are here to help you create an ergonomic workplace. Contact us today if you are ready to hire an ergonomics consultant for your business. We can help you set up a plan to examine and analyze your space.

We can even help you if you have a lot of remote workers by setting up their workspaces with an affordable, virtual ergonomics assessment, which can be done remotely (all you need is access to e-mail or a smart phone).

For more information contact us at SolutionsNW.com, we will be happy to help you!

At SolutionsNW.com we value the importance of a positive workplace culture. Part of a positive workplace is a safe workplace, Contact Us to schedule an ergonomics consultation or ergonomics assessment for your office today.

Subscribe to our ergonomics blog for more ergonomics tips from Solutions Northwest Inc., ergonomics evaluations available in: Seattle, WA, Tacoma, WA, Olympia, WA, Vancouver, WA, Kent, WA Renton, WA, Beaverton, OR, Portland, OR, Salem, OR.

Virtual Ergonomics Assessment available nationwide!

Contact the Ergonomics Experts at Solutions Northwest Inc. Below:

Multiple Locations

Corporate Office: 120 State Ave. NE #397
Olympia, WA 98501
Business Hours: 8am-5pm M-F
Corporate FAX: 360-866-4773
Email: Info@solutionsnw.com

Olympia, WA

360-236-8748

Portland/Salem, OR

503-768-9742

Seattle, WA

206-521-5676

Contact our Ergonomics Experts

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