Trouble-Shooting Guide for Discomfort in Upper Back

The following lists some possible causes of upper back discomfort amongst computer users.  Potential corrective actions to consider are 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
  • Workstation at wrong height — too high or too low
    • Ensure keyboard/mouse or work surface is at appropriate working height