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How should i prevent back pain when i sit for a long time?

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Dr. Paul Kovatis
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Check posture: Most sitting problems are due to posture - look at someone on the computer or driving a car - most are slouching! use an ergonomic chair or lumbar support whenever sitting at home, at work or in the car.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

How should I prevent back pain when I stand for a long time?

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Dr. Michael Pierce
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Yoga, et al...: Where is your pain? Low back pain may be related to poor arch support, and/or poor posture. Try tilting your pelvis...As if sitting down...Flattening the lumbar curvature of your spine. Does that relieve it any? Yoga can be very useful for fostering body awareness and better posture so that you will understand how shifts in your posture, alignment, and movement will affect how you feel.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How do you prevent back pain due to standing for long periods of time?

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Dr. Ramin AmirNovin
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
Stretch: There are many studies on the subject of lower back pain. The majority suggest the best method of controlling chronic lower back pain is exercise to create core strength and loose weight. I also suggest daily stretching and core strength exercises. You can find these exercises at: http://harvardneurosurgeon.Com/pt2.Html.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What to do if I have back pain when standing for a long time?

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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
See physician: There are many and various illnesses which could cause back pain when standing. I can appreciate your concerned about your health, but finding a proper diagnosis and treatment may be the answer to your worries. Rec.: see your physician for physical, labs and imaging (if needed). Take good care.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Can sitting for a long time cause back pain?

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Dr. Mitchell Cohn
Pain Management 35 years experience
Yes: Esp. If hunching forward for a long time. Ribs get flexed downward in front & vertebrae bend forward. When you straighten up, one or more may stay 'stuck' in that forward-bent position. The same holds true for the sacroiliac joint. An osteopathic hands-on exam & treatment frequently resolves the problem.If it keeps recurring, consider changing the chair or way you sit or consider prolotherapy.
A 47-year-old member asked:

How do I prevent back pain from standing?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Strengthening : One of the most common reasons for back pain is a straining of the back muscles. Thus, an easy prevention technique is to strengthen the back muscles (and sit-ups are not a back exercise). See my health guide on back pain for an easy and effective back strengthening exercise.

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