Our third and final form of overuse injury can be seen in the form of joint pain caused by chronic posture. Heightened by Covid’s work from home experiences, chronic poor posture is on the rise. Head forward, chin down, and rounded shoulders has become normal for most of us, whether it is working at our desk, or texting our friends on our phones. Our joints work best when they are allowed the freedom to move throughout their entire range of motion, allowing for proper nutrition; sadly, this is not the case for many of us during the 9-5 hours. Being sedentary in the same posture each day causes joint irritation as the joints can be seen resting in their closed positions, (especially the neck and lower back), which is the position of most joint compression. Not only does sedentary posture cause increased intra articular pressure, it can also lead to creep (the lengthening of our ligamentous support systems over time), making us fall more and more into these aberrant postures. Before we go into fixes, a great way to determine if you have poor posture is to set up your phone looking at your desk from the side. Once set up, most phones have a time lapse setting, if they do not, a normal video will work. Now record yourself working for a few hours, longer than 30 minutes, to assure the most natural state to be reached. After your work day, go back and watch the video. Where is your head falling? Is your chin poking out? Are you leaned over to get closer to the screen? These are the most commonly seen desk bound positions I see. The two best ways to counteract this habit are daily stretches provided by your health care practitioner, and setting little time based reminders on your computer or phone to re-adjust your posture. If you are not sure which joints have become stiff overtime, consult a professional (with your video in hand) and they will guide you through stretches to target the problem areas. With our reminders, either set them for a return to proper posture, and/or microbreaks of getting up and going for a quick walk to reset the body.