Trouble-Shooting Guide for Discomfort in Upper Back

  • The following lists some possible causes of upper back discomfort among computer users.  Potential corrective action to consider is also listed.
  • Frequent or prolonged reaching
    • move frequently used items within easy reach — avoid frequent overhead or behind body reaches that require twisting
  • Static posture and inadequate back support
    • ensure that the chair is adjusted properly; move around; change postures; stretch
  • Lack of support for arms or armrests too high/too low
    • consider getting a wrist rest, armrests on chair; adjust height of armrests
  • Work station at wrong height — too high or too low
    • ensure keyboard/mouse or work surface is at appropriate working height