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can sitting damage your back?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
My girlfriend has a ruptured disk at L4/L5. Currently she is responding well to an epidural. She now has little to no pain in her leg, only a tingling sensation. She still avoids sitting as that was the cause of the initial injury.

Has anyone re-injured their back from sitting (even with proper posture). Because the nucleus material is still out of her disk, is sitting dangerous?


  • I can tell you that I ruptured my disk 7 months ago (had to use a walker/weelchair initially). I did not had surgery and slowly getting better. I have no pain sometimes and sometimes it is goes up to 3-4. I use all proper posture for everything I do. And I STILL AVOID SITTING as much as I can. I will not drive for more then 30 min without stopping and walking for 1-2 min, I stand up in theaters, on concerts etc every now and then. When I walk, I do not sit for more then 20-30 min w/o standing and walking, doing back extensions etc. It is probably MENTAL at this point in my case but I do not want the horror to return.
  • I have been told repeatedly to avoid sitting for prolong period of time. Just recently I was told that I could take a 3 hour trip but to take a break in between. Well, I was on a plane for a little over three hours and I started feeling tingling sensation that lasted all day. I try to avoid sitting as much as possible. Luckily, my job is not sedentary.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,865
    However, sitting for any period of time, regardless of what type of chair will be very uncomfortable and cause some pain in the lower back.
    My last lumbar surgery was almost 20 years ago and I still have to be careful about how long I sit.
    - In a car (frequent stops to get up and walk)
    - At the computer (45 minutes at a time and then stretch and walk around)
    - In a Plane (1 hour tops and then walk around and stretch)
    - At home watching TV (2 hours tops, walk around and stretch)

    My point.... It is so important to get up and walk around and stretch for a while. Sitting for any prolonged period of time will cause pain and discomfort.
    But to the best of my knowledge, it will not re injure or cause additional spinal problems
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • Kabux,
    Sit stand and lay down has been my adage for many years and sitting or standing if at all possible for long periods equally bad, the key perhaps is mobility and keep as active as possible without overdoing things and making it worse. That invisible threshold is unique for us all and it is important to find out where it is, exceeding known capacity just for the sake of it, is pain in the bank and discourages us from that same process again for fear of repeating the same inherent pain.

    Having said all that, the pain will flare up of its all volition and for no specific reason and we have to accept that frustration and wait for the resumption of just the chronic pain, certainly not easy or simple. It is never straightforward defining the rate at which any symptom will deteriorate or the pace of that change, any underlying impingement has the prospect of deteriorating over time.

    I now have a sitting job but the option to mobilise as and when required, however painful it feels, immobility itself will increase that risk of making things worse.

    Take care and good luck

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