04/26/2011 08:34 am ET | Updated Jun 26, 2011

Ergonomics At Work: Keep Work From Being a (Literal) Pain in the Neck

The allure of the internet and the demands of work have many of us spending inordinate amounts of time hunched over our desks and staring at computer monitors. Add stress to the equation, and the outcome is likely to be complaints of neck or back pain, headaches, jaw pain or repetitive stress injuries (such as carpal tunnel syndrome). Here are some simple steps you can take to launch a preemptive strike and prevent the computer from winning.

NOTE: Seek medical attention if you experience recurrent headaches, neck, jaw or shoulder pain, particularly if that pain radiates to your arm or hand. Likewise, complaints of persistent low back pain, or pain that radiates to your buttocks or lower extremities, should also be addressed by a physician.