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Back pain due to Driving

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:25 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Like oil and water, driving and back pain are not an ideal mixture. Not only can chronic back pain make life miserable for drivers, particularly if driving is one's occupation, but the very act of sitting in one position for hours on end can aggravate and even be a leading cause of back pain.




  • welcome to spine health :H :H :H
    i take you drive truck or drive long hours for work?

    we have discussed this before. some have bought a massage pad for their seat that plugs into the lighter.
    also if driving a very long distance stop to stretch and walk around.
    mabye carry ice packs in a cooler?? also a thought.

    i imagine some others will come along soon to give you their ideas.
    hang in there!!
  • The Dr told me not to drive for more than 1 hour without stopping and stretching.

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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,347
    For anyone suffering from spinal problems, it is SO IMPORTANT to take breaks, move around, stretch, etc before returning to what you were doing.

    Staying stagnant in any one position can create problems. I can not sit by a TV more than 90 minutes at a time. I can not stay by my computer for more that 45 minutes , when flying, I need to get out of the chair and walk around about every hour or so.
    And while driving, car, truck, etc, I need to get out at least every 90 minutes.

    Keeping to these guidelines has helped me do all of the above.
    We recently return from Italy, it was an 8 hour flight. I made a point of getting out of my chair and walking the aisles at least ever hour.
    Since my profession is with computers, I have to be even more cautious here. IF I stay at my workstation for over 90 minutes at one time, I will begin to SUFFER.

    So to avoid additional problems or just being uncomfortable make sure you take breaks frequently.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • Driving is my nemises, and I am forced to do it when absolutely necessary. Ice packs do help; I tried a massage chair that plugs into the cigarette lighter (Dr Scholls) and I find the lumps on the seat part bothers me. It has heat also and it feels good on the thoracic area. It may be helpful for someone else. I don't drive long distances either. If it's more than a 30 minute drive, forget it.
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