Adjust Your Sitting Position to Manage Back Pain at the Office

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 26, 2020 7:00:00 AM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Back Pain, Florida Pain Relief, Chronic Pain Management

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One of the drawbacks of living in a modern digital era is that many of today’s jobs call for employees to be in a sitting position throughout the day, which can do more harm than good to the human body. Sitting for up to 8 hours in an average workday can lead to myriad back issues, in addition to other physical ailments and conditions.

However, with some relatively simple adjustments to improve your posture and sitting position, you can decrease some of the pressure on your back and help alleviate common pain symptoms.

To minimize back pain during office hours, try to remain mindful of the following:

Elbow position

To put the least pressure on your arms and shoulders, you must keep your elbows at an approximate 90-degree angle. Elbows should be positioned on chair rests in a way that doesn’t push your arms up into your shoulders.

An arm rest should be at a height where it lifts your shoulders, elbows, and arms just slightly. This will provide the optimal amount of support and relief from pressure. It also serves to prevent your body from slouching forward.

Furthermore, make sure that your keyboard or desk are positioned to enable a comfortable reach to them. Bear in mind that there are poorly designed desks and chairs that won’t allow you to get into a correct position even if you try, so starting off with the right office furnishings is an important factor in achieving proper elbow positioning going forward.

Thigh check

When in a seated position, thighs should be parallel with the floor. This will ensure that your lower back is in the correct position. If needed, adjust the height of your chair so that your feet touch the ground, and make sure that your hips are at a 90-degree angle.

If your chair is too low and cannot be adjusted, using seat pillows will help you attain the correct sitting position.

Calf check

To check that your calves will have sufficient room for movement, sit all the way back in your chair with your back pressed against the back rest. While in this position, try and put your hands underneath your legs. There should be enough room between your calves and the chair for your fist. If there’s no room, then your chair is too large. If the chair can’t be adjusted, add some lumbar support for your back.

Establish low back support

A proper sitting position means having your back fit snugly against the chair back rest. Your lower back needs enough support so that you don’t need to bend forward as you go about your daily work duties.

Eye level

Sit in front of your desk as normal and close your eyes, then open them and see where your gaze rests when looking straight ahead. If you are looking directly at your computer screen, your sitting position is ideal. If the screen is too low or high for your gaze, adjust your sitting position or computer screen until your vision lines up with what you’re viewing throughout the day.

Get Up and Move

Lastly, your body needs good blood circulation for best performance, so make sure to get up at least once every hour or so to walk or stretch your legs.

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6 Common Symptoms of “Slipped Disc” – Also Known as Herniated Disc

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 22, 2020 12:16:10 AM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Back Pain, Sarasota Pain Relief, Florida Pain Relief, Chronic Pain Management

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Disc herniation is one of the most common back problems people experience today. This painful condition can make common physical movements difficult, causing sufferers to miss out on many of life’s most enjoyable activities.

Our spine is comprised of bones known as vertebrae. Between each of these bones are spinal discs that, when ruptured, can cause irritation to the surrounding nerves.

Here are some of the symptoms that may indicate disc herniation:

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5 Simple Lifestyle Changes That Can Help with Chronic Back Pain

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 16, 2020 12:13:17 AM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Back Pain, Sarasota Pain Relief, Florida Pain Relief, Chronic Pain Management

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Anyone who suffers from chronic back pain knows how challenging it can be to perform even the simplest daily activities. Fortunately, thanks to the latest innovative treatment options available, there is hope for those who seek treatment from qualified pain management physicians.

But there are also steps that can be taken as part of your everyday routine that may help to reduce your back pain symptoms, in addition to following your pain doctor’s recommendations:

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Have Spine Pain, Numbness or Weakness in the Arms or legs?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 10, 2020 5:45:31 PM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Back Pain, Florida Pain Relief, Chronic Pain Management, Neck Pain, Orlando Pain Relief

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If your answer to the above question is 'yes,' you may need an Electromyography and Nerve Conduction study (EMG/NCS.)

If you have neck or back pain, your doctor may order electrodiagnostic tests to check your nerves and muscles. These tests can help your doctor find nerve or muscle damage.

The American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) advises when these tests are needed.

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A Game-Changer in Pain Relief Treatments for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Sufferers

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 27, 2019 5:04:09 PM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Back Pain, Lumbar Spinal Stenosis, Lumbar Indirect Decompression, Chronic Pain Management

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If you, like millions of other Americans, suffer from chronic back and leg pain as a result of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (LSS), you know what it’s like to find many everyday actions difficult or even impossible.

LSS sufferers experience many frustrating issues in their daily life due to loss of mobility and painful symptoms that prevent them from fully engaging in activities they used to enjoy.

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Can Street Lights Make Your Chronic Pain Worse?

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 8, 2019 7:00:00 AM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Back Pain, Pain Medication, Florida Pain Relief, Chronic Pain Management

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Unless your eyes are very sensitive to light, street lights won’t have a direct effect on your level of chronic pain. But did you know that there is an indirect correlation between nighttime lights and how intensely you experience your pain?

Multiple studies have found that there is a strong link between sleep disruptions and pain, each affecting the other in what is often a vicious cycle of discomfort. Lack of sleep can intensify the pain you already feel, and your chronic pain can interrupt or prevent your sleep.

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Do Women Feel Pain More Than Men?

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 29, 2019 7:00:00 AM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Back Pain, Florida Pain Relief, Chronic Pain Management

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This has been the subject of much debate and research. In general, many people believe that women have a higher threshold for pain because they can endure childbirth. This is true to some extent, because the female body is designed to release certain hormones that act as pain-blockers of sorts during the birthing process, thus diminishing the mother’s perception of the pain.

But overall, studies are finding overwhelming evidence that women do, in fact, experience more pain than men… even if only perceived.

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My Arm Hurts. Can This Be Caused By a Back Problem?

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 24, 2019 7:00:00 AM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Back Pain, Pain Medication, Florida Pain Relief, Chronic Pain Management

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The human body can send mixed signals when it comes to the source of pain. Where something hurts doesn’t always correspond with the actual origin of your injury or pain condition.

One common example of this scenario is with the case of arm pain. Numbness, tingling or discomfort in the arm doesn’t necessarily mean there’s an injury or condition in the arm itself. Pain such as this can be frequently attributed to deterioration, inflammation or trauma in the spine.

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How Simple Lifestyle Changes Can Help Reduce Pain

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 17, 2019 7:00:00 AM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Back Pain, Florida Pain Relief, Chronic Pain Management

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At Florida Pain Relief Centers, our board-certified pain management physicians rely on various alternative treatment methods to help patients live a more pain-free lifestyle.

Sometimes a pain condition warrants a minimally-invasive surgical procedure for relief, but in many cases, pain may be reduced by way of daily lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, reducing stress or even simple stretching techniques.

Here are some tips that you can use daily to reduce your pain:

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How Cigarette Smoking Affects Low Back Pain

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 10, 2019 7:00:00 AM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Back Pain, Low Back Pain, Florida Pain Relief

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Did you know that studies show that smoking cigarettes can increase low back pain? This means that people who smoke are more likely to develop chronic back pain than non-smokers.

A great deal of research has been conducted to determine the connection between smoking and pain. Here are some of the more notable conclusions resulting from these studies:

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