We all suffer from one spinal problem or another. Basically, that's why you registered and started read threads and post to them.
Environment plays a key role in how you shape up, what added to the problems and what could be down the road.
I've read so many posts, where members describe their jobs, their activities, accidents, etc.
For me, I know what contributed so much to my problems.
First I played sports and I played them hard. Especially football. Back in the 1960s, there was no such thing as conditioning, and to say the least, my body took a major toll.
Occupation I was a Software Engineer (used to be Software programmer, but for some reason, they changed it to Engineer) In the 35 years with IBM, I spent so many 12-14 hours days at my workstation. Back in the mid 1980's, I was on a task force between IBM, Neurosurgeon, Orthopedic doctor, Physical Therapist and a furniture store.
Together we designed a the 'correct' workstation platform (monitor heights, keyboard and mouse placement, lighting, etc. We also designed a chair that would help people with spinal problems. It had adjustable head position, lumbar support, arms that could swing out or retract, cervical support, etc. It did just about everything (and it was very ugly) I used it for a while, but realized that there is no perfect workstation platform. But the best thing for anyone to do who works on computers is to take regular breaks Getting up, stretching, walking, etc for at least 15 minutes before going back to the desk.
There are so many other occupations that I could not do justice to them, so I am hoping others here will join in with their comments.
Awareness This is a big one. I only wish I would have followed my advice from the beginning. Understanding all your limitations and restriction is so very important, along with any exercise program your doctor has provided you for. HOWEVER, once you start to feel better, all of the above seems to get thrown out the window.
For me recently (Past 8) years was that while I was feeling pretty good, I was out in the yard moving some very big and heavy stones. I paid for that mistake dearly.
How about you?
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences