Back Pain While Sitting
By Western Berks Physical Therapy on July 22nd, 2021
Many office environments do a good job providing optimal conditions for prolonged sitting using items like ergonomically correct chairs, keyboards and high-quality monitors. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, many office workers had to shift away from their normal office routine into a home office that was far less suited for long periods of sitting. This workplace shift resulted in a large increase in the number of back pain patients being seen at doctor’s office visits. Changes in posture and positioning in your daily life can have a large impact on pain, but it’s not the only cause of back pain that you should be aware of. Back pain while sitting can be caused by a variety of reasons including:
- Injury: Back pain caused by an injury can manifest in a variety of ways and should always be assessed by a physical therapist. Injuries can have long lasting effects if not properly treated in a timely manner.
- Sciatica: Sciatica refers to pain in the sciatic nerve, which stretches from your spine to your legs. Sciatic pain can range from a dull, throbbing pain to sharp, debilitating episodes of pain. Sitting usually exacerbates sciatica.
- Herniated disc: A condition in which a spinal disc bulges outward and presses on a spinal nerve, causing pain.
- Muscle strain: Overexertion can lead to straining or twisting the muscles in your back. This can cause back pain while sitting, standing, or moving.
- Degenerative disc disease: As you age, the discs in your spine can degenerate which may cause protrusions and/or tears that can cause pain. This type of back pain is often made worse by bending or sitting.
- Poor posture: Poor posture can cause a vast array of negative symptoms. This includes pain in your arms, neck, shoulders or back that will continue to worsen if you don’t correct your posture. Stretching and practicing proper posture can help reduce your back pain and prevent future pain.
If your back pain does not get better after several days of improved posture and habits, or gets worse with exercise, please call Western Berks Physical Therapy today. Our physical therapists can design a program of targeted exercises and stretches that are a tried-and-true method for relieving back pain. Call 610-589-2263 or click the link below to schedule online!