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Lower Back Pain When Sitting: Causes, Diagnosis, & Treatments

Lower Back Pain When Sitting: Causes, Diagnosis, & Treatments

Centuries ago, sitting and working at a desk was a privilege afforded to only a few fortunate. Today, it’s ubiquitous with most jobs and one of the primary reasons for lower back pain. While sitting for long stretches can be highly stressful for your back, there also could be other reasons causing discomfort. Dr. Patel at Advanced Health Solutions can help you better understand the underlying issues surrounding your lower back pain and what you can do to get relief.


The primary reasons for back pain when sitting have to do with the pressure against the lumbar discs that come from sitting all day, in one position, or sitting incorrectly. With slouchy sitting, the pressure becomes even greater. Additionally , you lose that elegant “S” bend and get used to more of a slouchy “C” bend which has both short- and long-term effects, that can compound your your back problems severely.

There can be a variety of factors leading to the deterioration of your spinal health. Some of the major causes of lower back pain include, but aren’t limited to, the following:

  • Prolonged sitting
  • Bad posture
  • Overexertion
  • Consistent strain
  • Injury
  • Increasing weight
  • Restricted blood flow
  • Spinal disc compression
  • Shortening of your hip flexors
  • Lack of movement
  • Non-stop wear and tear
  • Incorrect mattress firmness

The human body is designed to stand upright, but when you do things repeatedly for long periods of time, like sitting at a desk or working from home on your couch, your spine can get impacted and push your body out of alignment. These complications that arise due to assuming a more sedentary lifestyle can eventually prevent the natural curvature of your spine from maintaining its strength.


To determine what’s causing lower back pain, Dr. Patel will review your medical history and conduct some tests. He will also perform a comprehensive physical examination to understand your situation. The further course of action would depend on the diagnosis. Generally, the majorly of patients have a multiple options, including stretching, heat and cold compress, medication, and in extreme cases, surgery. If the pain doesn’t improve with home care techniques and if the pain results from an injury or trauma, it is imperative to immediately seek medical help.


To prevent the symptoms from worsening, start practicing good posture while sitting, standing, and walking. Arch backward to  reduce the pressure from the walls of the lumbar discs. Use a small pillow when sitting to fill the hollow space behind you. If you spend a lot of time sitting, get moving, and try adding a 30-minute walk every day or add an exercise regimen to your daily routine.

Over-the-counter painkillers or ointments can provide quick relief and acupressure and interventional pain management are some other treatment options available.

In addition, and if your back pain doesn’t resolve, visit Advanced Health Solutions – we don’t just crack backs; Dr. Patel is a trained chiropractor that can allow your bones and muscles to align well and help you move with much less pain.

Battle Lower Back Pain Today, Enjoy Life Every Day!

Lower back pain while sitting isn’t always that every other day pain. Although common and normally short-lived, it can turn chronic, cause severe uneasiness, and if it persists for weeks, you need an expert diagnosis.  Simple ergonomic changes can prove effective in many cases. However, you can consult a chiropractor to correct misalignment and other necessary therapies.

Contact the Advanced Health Solutions Team to reclaim your freedom. Call us at 847-466-5009 to schedule your appointment, and you’d be surprised by how much better you will feel in just one session.

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