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Why does sitting on soft sofas cause back pain?

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Dr. Stephen Massimi
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
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In brief: Soft = less support

If a soft sofa increases your pain, then it may be related to the fact that it provides you less support.
Specifically, in a sitting position, it may be allowing your spine to flex (arc forward) more than if you were sitting upon a firm chair, for example. This is classic for disc related pain. An evaluation with a physiatrist or other spine specialist can help evaluate your specific symptoms.

In brief: Soft = less support

If a soft sofa increases your pain, then it may be related to the fact that it provides you less support.
Specifically, in a sitting position, it may be allowing your spine to flex (arc forward) more than if you were sitting upon a firm chair, for example. This is classic for disc related pain. An evaluation with a physiatrist or other spine specialist can help evaluate your specific symptoms.
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Dr. Gregory Hines
Family Medicine

In brief: Bad springs

Old sofas or couches, as well as old mattresses, can cause back pains due to bad springs.

In brief: Bad springs

Old sofas or couches, as well as old mattresses, can cause back pains due to bad springs.
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