Back to work … but is your back killing you now?

man working from home

The work-from-home order lasted much longer than most people expected — some have returned to their offices, while some are still working from home.  Unfortunately, when we left our offices, we had to leave our desks and ergonomic chairs behind.  Our improvised home offices might have been a kitchen stool and counter, the living room sofa or even our bed.  And now our necks and backs are paying the price. Without intervention, you may be on the road to a potentially debilitating musculoskeletal injury.

The physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists (physiatry) of Washington University Orthopedics specialize in the evaluation and nonsurgical treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. Our physiatrists treat a wide variety of problems affecting the musculoskeletal system, including sports and spine disorders.

Washington University physician, Gregory Decker, MD, is an orthopedist and physiatrist. Dr. Decker explains, “Even though you have returned to your work office and left your home office behind you, it is possible your neck and back pain won’t go away on its own.

And for some of you, working from home may become the new normal. It is important to quickly identify the problem in order to reduce your pain, improve function, and prevent a recurrence.

We will work with you to personalize your nonsurgical treatment plan based on your individual needs and goals.”

Diagnostic tests may be recommended, including ultrasound evaluation or electrodiagnostic testing. Customized treatment plans could include any of the following recommendations:

  • Ergonomic assessment
  • Aerobic exercise education
  • Medication and supplement recommendations
  • Healthy lifestyle recommendations
  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Medical massage
  • Acupuncture
  • Regenerative medicine procedures
  • Ultrasound guided procedures
  • Fluoroscopic guided procedures
  • Smoking cessation
  • Braces and other devices to correct alignment or provide support

To make an appointment with Dr. Decker, or any physiatry specialist, call 314-514-3500, or request an appointment online.

Center for Advanced Medicine – South County
5201 Midamerica Plaza, Suite 1500
St. Louis, MO 63129

Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Orthopedic Center
14532 S. Outer 40 Drive
Chesterfield, MO 63107

Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital
Medical Building One, Suite G03
1040 N. Mason Road
Creve Coeur, MO 63141