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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[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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Make a Pain-Free Life Your New Year Resolution

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 20, 2019 7:00:00 AM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Florida Pain Relief, Chronic Pain Management

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If you’re one of the millions of people who suffer daily with chronic pain, chances are the past year has been challenging for you. Pain conditions can be debilitating, and can affect all aspects of your life, including work, social life, financial situation and the ability to handle simple, everyday responsibilities.

If the past year has been difficult for you because of chronic pain, know this: your next year does NOT have to be like this. You don’t have to suffer needlessly, nor miss out on doing the things you truly enjoy every day.

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Chronic Pain Have You Dreading the Holidays? Try These 6 Simple Tips.

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 12, 2019 6:00:00 AM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Florida Pain Relief, Chronic Pain Management

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‘Tis the season… whether you celebrate Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or any other holiday at this time of year, there will likely be many activities to keep you busy through year’s end.

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Sarasota Pain Doctor a Patented Innovator in Spinal Cord Stimulation Technology

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 5, 2019 5:34:46 PM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Spinal Cord Stimulation, Sarasota Pain Relief, Florida Pain Relief, Chronic Pain Management

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When more conservative therapies have failed, pain management physicians often recommend spinal cord stimulation (SCS or neurostimulation therapy) for chronic pain relief.

SCS technology involves an implantable device that interrupts pain signals before they reach the brain, replacing those signals with a more pleasant sensation. This innovative treatment method has helped thousands of people significantly reduce their pain so they can return to their normal activities.

Dr. Amitabh Goel of Sarasota Pain Relief Centers has a special interest in the field of spinal cord stimulation. He has directly contributed to the advancement of this remarkable technology, having a number of innovative patents on improving the devices used for spinal cord stimulation.

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What do You Think About Your Chronic Pain? (Hint: It Matters!)

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 26, 2019 1:52:48 PM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Pain Medication, Florida Pain Relief, Chronic Pain Management

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You know how your chronic pain feels. But how do you feel about your pain? This question probably conjures up a lot of negative, even angry feelings, and rightfully so; living with pain can be a real challenge.

While it’s natural to react to your pain with negativity, there’s a very good reason to try and overcome your gloomy disposition: you may be making it worse.

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Think You Know Pain? Think Again.

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 18, 2019 7:00:00 AM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Pain Medication, Florida Pain Relief, Chronic Pain Management

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If you live with chronic pain, you’ve probably become something of an expert on the subject. You know about your pain; what activities cause or exacerbate it, what times of day or night to most expect it, what not to do to amplify your pain condition and what methods help to relieve your discomforts.

But because pain is subjective, no one else can know your pain the way you do, and in turn, you can’t possibly know what someone else’s suffering feels like. Everyone experiences pain in different ways, and each individual has their own unique threshold for what they consider to be unbearable or excruciating. Varying factors such as age, gender, mental or emotional state can have significant impact on how a perceives the level of their pain.

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