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Work and Lumbar Supports

I'm back to work part time (10-weeks post ALIF/PLIF) and am really feeling the the non-support my office chair provides - this is a $200+ chair with supposedly lumbar support (NOT). I've been looking on Amazon to see what I can get to provide relief from the pressure on the lumbar area.

I've also noticed a problem with my upper back as I'm not in proper alignment and I'm sure working at a desk all the time and my knitting/crochet activities have contributed to this. I did order a corrective bra device for the upper area and hope this will help with the upper back and shoulder alignment problem.

My 3-month checkup is on Sep 10 and I will deffinitely bring all this up with my doctor. In the meantime, I want to ask everyone here if they purchased any support items to use at work, home or in the car and how they worked for you.

Isthmic Spondyliothesis Level II - III
ALIF/PLIF L4-L5-S1, 2 cages, 2 rods, 6 screws (6/10/2013)


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,875
    Back in the mid 1980's, I was involved with a team to come up with economical office workstation. We designed a chair as a prototype that had lumbar, thoracic and cervical support. It was the UGLIEST chair in the world. It helped, but after years of trying different chairs, monitor height, keyboard alignments, mouse, etc.... nothing replaced something that was so easy.

    First, you have to realize that there is NO perfect workstation environment. What is so very important is go get up , get away from the chair, walk a bit, stretch and just take about 5-10 minutes to relax and unwind. That should be done about every 90 minutes. Personally, I think it should be no longer than 60 minutes. I've heard arguments that my employee wont allow me those frequent breaks. In reality, those breaks are short and inexpensive , since with them you can be more productive and without them, you could set yourself up for a flare that is going to keep you OUT of work.

    Take a look at this set of Spine-Health articles Ergonomics

    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
  • Thank you dilauro, I agree with the short breaks. Adding and working on sitting at home before going back to work has helped a lot. It's like a workout all on its own.

    I'm on week number 2 for 1/2 days and short term disability ends this week. Insurance company and employer think this sedentary job is no big deal and I should be able to come back full time, but I totally disagree! The stress all this sitting does to the lumbar area is very painful and exhausting. I take naps as soon as I get home. At least I have a good co-worker that is willing to work with me and allow me to slowly increase my office time and then work from home if I have to.
    Isthmic Spondyliothesis Level II - III
    ALIF/PLIF L4-L5-S1, 2 cages, 2 rods, 6 screws (6/10/2013)
  • EmilyEEmily Posts: 112
    edited 09/04/2013 - 7:26 AM
    I tried a variety of seating aids, including a Swiss ball. Soft chairs are a no-no and any firm seating with regular breaks to stretch and moves works best. A strong core will help support your back while seated and makes a huge difference to sitting tolerance.

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