Today's workforce is found primarily in an office atmosphere, where most time during the day is spent sitting in front of a computer at a desk. You might not think that this type of work environment is potentially harmful to spine health, but it is actually responsible for many cases of back pain, particularly in the lumbar and cervical spine. Here is a closer look at why your workspace may be more harmful to your spine than you might think:
- Sitting generates pressure in the spine: When you are in a seated position for a long period of time, it is easy to get into the habit of carrying yourself with poor posture. You might bend forward or slouch as you sit, and this can cause pain to develop in the lower back. If you need to look down to see a computer screen, the cervical spine in your neck may also show signs of irritation.
- Long periods of inactivity cause muscles to weaken: The spine is supported by muscles that help to absorb impact and offer flexibility to your core. Sitting down all day will not exercise these muscles, so the back will become more susceptible to injury, especially if you try to perform weight bearing physical activities later on. Standing up to stretch throughout the day and taking short walks around the office will give your back a much-needed break and help you stay aware throughout the day.
- Low levels of physical activity encourage poor health: Sitting not only promotes back pain, but it can also lead to overall health issues such as poor circulation over a prolonged period of time. Such health problems can make it even more difficult to recover from spinal injuries.
If you are experiencing back pain related to your desk-bound workplace, visit the pain management experts at Pain Specialists of Orange County. With locations in Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo, and Irvine, we will help you explore all your surgical and non-surgical options to eliminate irritating back and neck pain. Check us out online or call (888) 699-1334 to schedule your initial consultation with us.