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San Francisco Spine Center explains why Herniated Lumbar Discs On The Rise With Office Workers

Posted Jun 02 2009 4:35pm 1 Comment

Back pain sufferrers often wonder, why does my low back hurt so much when I get out of bed ? Well, there is a scientific explanation for this. Pressures on the intervertebral discs vary according to the position your body is in. The position that puts the least amount of stress on the spinal disc is when you are on your back with your knees slightly bent (put a pillow under your knees). This is why we encourage you to sleep like this (and ice in this position). The intradiscal pressure increases a little when you sleep on your side (you should never sleep on your stomach). When you get out of bed and stand it really goes up. If you bend forward a little it goes up even more. Then, when you sit down with your body upright it drops significantly. That is until you bend forward (like when you are at your computer) while sitting. This forward position when seated really stresses out the lumbar disc and explains why we are seeing such an increase in lumbar disc herniations, bulges, and degenerative conditions that lead to herniations in white collar office workers. I found an old article that has some good graphics and a chart of what I described above so you could understand this better. Remember, there is a cause for every effect, and an effect from every cause. These conditions do not just develop out of the blue. They are usually the result of poor habits, including workstation, lifestyle, and sleeping  postures. But you know what, just about everything we do puts us into this seated, hunched position. We eat this way, drive this way, fly this way, sit in class all those years this way. Do you see what I mean ?  And when we are born we do not come with an owners manual warning our parents about this. So, this is why we are so concerned about posture at the workstation and postures in general, when it comes to treating herniated lumbar (and cervical) discs. If you want a workstation setup overveiw see Sarah or Dr. Davis.   

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The use of prescription drugs to control pain is very used by doctors including hydrocodone. That must be taken into account is the dangerous side-effects.

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