Low Back Pain Overview
Is sitting bad for your back? Many people spend countless hours each day sitting at a desk or other work station. The outcome can be low back pain. The pain physicians at Pain Recovery Center of Tyler in Tyler, Texas specialize in low back pain and the treatments associated with this condition.
What You Need to Know About Low Back Pain
A major manufacturer of workstations reports that 86% of work computer users have to sit all day, and when they do rise from sitting, more than half (56%) use food as the excuse to get up and move. In addition to sitting at work, for meals and commuting to/from work, 36% sit another one to two hours watching TV, 10% sit one to two hours for gaming, 25% sit one to two hours for reading/lounging and 29% use their home computer for one to two hours. In summary, the average American sits for thirteen hours a day and sleeps for eight hours. That is a total of 21 hours a day off their feet. With approximately only three hours of activity, low back pain can become a common occurrence for many Tyler, Texas individuals.
The manufacturer’s survey also notes 93% of work computer users don’t know what “Sitting Disease” is but 74% believe that sitting too much can lead to an early death. “Sitting Disease” represents the ill-effects of an overly sedentary lifestyle and includes conditions like obesity and diabetes which are rapidly becoming more prevalent, especially in the young population.
Recently, the American Medical Association (AMA) adopted a policy encouraging employers, employees and others to sit less during the day citing the many risks associated with sitting including diabetes, cancer, obesity and cardiovascular disease. Standing and walking as much as possible is a better alternative to sitting as they burn more calories, tone muscles, improve posture, increase blood flow, reduce blood sugar and improve metabolism.
So, what about the connection between low back pain and sitting in Tyler, Texas patients? Sitting is proven to be hard on the spine. The pressure inside of discs, those “shock absorbers” that lie between each vertebra in the spine, is higher when we sit compared with simply standing or lying down. To help relieve the pressure on discs and help alleviate low back pain, pain physicians recommend:
- Getting up periodically and standing
- Sitting back in a chair and avoiding slouched positions
- Placing a lumbar roll behind the low back and chair/car seat
- Changing body position frequently when sitting
Because certain low back conditions favor one position over another, these common recommendations may need modification from a pain physician. For example, most herniated disc patients prefer low back extension while bending over. In those with lumbar sprain/strains, bending forwards usually feels good and extension hurts. Modifying spinal position to the one that is most comfortable is perhaps the best advice.
If you suffer from low back pain and want to learn more about pain management treatments, please contact the Pain Recovery Center of Tyler located in Tyler, Texas.