The question “do computers cause shoulder pain? is one we get quite frequently, and the short answer is yes, maybe.

The unfortunate truth is that most people don’t have great sitting habits, especially when they’re parked in front of their computers.

Most people have poor sitting posture and it can definitely cause or contribute to shoulder pain.

The good news is that there are a number of simple things you can do to improve your posture while working or playing on your computer. Taking the time to do so will almost certainly reduce the amount of shoulder pain you may be experiencing, and it could eliminate it outright.

Here are a few things to do differently:

  • Buy An Ergonomic Chair

This is the first, best and simplest thing you can do. While it’s easy to spend a ton of money on a great office chair, you can get a decent chair with well-implemented ergonomic features and it will make a big, immediate difference.

  • Make Sure Your Seat Height Is Optimal

Most office chairs offer a height adjustment feature, and you want to make sure that your arms aren’t above shoulder level while working. It’s also important to ensure that your monitor is at an optimal height so that you’re not spending most of the day with your neck turned up or down as you look at your monitor. It should be at a height that keeps your head level.

  • Buy An Ergonomic Wrist Rest

Believe it or not, if you rest your wrists on a hard surface (like the edge of your desk) while you’re typing, it can, longer term contribute to shoulder pain. These are typically inexpensive additions to your home office or office setup.

  • Try A Posture Strap

You can purchase straps to wear on your back and shoulders that will hold your posture the way it should be. This would be a low cost alternative to the chair mentioned above.

If you follow the advice outlined above, you may see relief. You may not completely eliminate chronic shoulder pain, as there may be other factors contributing to it. However, you’ll certainly go a long way toward minimizing it.