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Correct posture: The seated position actually places up to 6x more strain to the low back than standing. When seated, you can promote better posture by sitting at the edge of the seat, preferably with the knees lower than the hips. I also encourage patients to use a lumbar (low back) pillow to sit as if you were"pooching out" your stomach and sticking your chest out. Also, see my "back pain/strain" health guide. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See you physician: No one should have to live with pain. If you have pain on a daily basis that you rate as greater than 5 on a scale of 0-10, you should seek treatment from a medical professional. That being said, i can not tell anything about the cause of your pain and what to do to get rid of it without seeing you. I recommend you find a good pain management physician in your are for help. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
What is the cause?: Hi, back pain is very common. To treat it best, you need to figure out the cause. There are many possibilities including arthritis, fracture, facet disease, soft tissue abnormalities, infection, nerve impingement, stress reaction & stress fracture... If you've had the pain for a while or if it is disabling, you need to see your doctor for a diagnosis. Then he/she can devise a tx plan. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: It is probably not possible to completely prevent back pain but here are some tips. Keep yourself physically fit and have a regular exercise program. Eat a healthy diet, avoid junk food. Do not smoke. Move regularly even if you have a sitting job. Learn safe lifting techniques. If you get back pain, don't panic. ...Read more
By limiting sitting: Sitting generates a 4 times body load across your lower back. That load is further enhanced by being static in one position. Sitting in a higher chair like a bar stool will decrease the load. Having a chair with a higher back and arm supports also will help. Placing a rolled towel in the small of your back between the chair back can help. By getting up after 15 to 30 minutes can help ...Read more
Many Possibilities: Depending on how long it's been going on, i would consider an evaluation by a spine specialist. Sometimes it could be a muscle imbalance, early onset arthritis or scoliosis. Also could be a pinched nerve/herniated disc. Either way it might be good to figure it out and get appropriate treatment. ...Read more
Evaluation: There are many causes of persistent back pain. Most cases respond to lumbar strengthening exercises and anti-inflammatories. For persistent pain, the best recommendation is to be evaluated by a spine specialist to understand the cause of the pain, and the best way to treat it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Be aware : Be aware of proper body mechanics by using your legs as your power source and keeping the load close to your body while avoiding any type of twisting or rotation as you lift. Know your limits especially with large, bulky objects or heavy ones. ...Read more
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