Ease Work-Related Back Pain

Most people with back pain experience difficulty in sitting, and some may even avoid going for long trips. Living with these sort of limitations can be very frustrating. In these types of cases, physical therapy is a must to provide proper treatment. However, a few tips may help to minimize the pain to make the day go easier.

For most cases, pain occurs when stress on the back tissue is too great and is beyond its limit. To minimize the pain is to minimize the stress. Therefore, proper alignment is the key.

First, putting a cushion or a small pillow behind the low back will help to support the back and reduce the stress. When a person sits down, the back has a tendency to curve and some support can counteract that tendency.

Second, check the position of the shoulders to make sure they are above the hips. When the body is upright, as opposed to inclined, the body weight can be transmitted from bone-to-bone. Shoulders over hips has the least amount of stress on the soft tissue.  

Third, make sure you sit evenly on both buttocks. Leaning on one side will increase the stress on the side that you are leaning to. Carry a wallet in the back pocket? Get it out. This is one of the most common reasons behind back pain.

These are the three quick checks. I hope they help.

Peggy Hau, PT, MscPT is a licensed physical therapist at Mettler Center. Have questions about back pain? Ask an Expert. Call 217-398-9800 to schedule a free 30-minute consultation with a physical therapist or request an appointment online.