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Minimizing or Preventing Pain Driving in a Car

Hi Everyone,

Here is a practical question. How do you shield your upper back from problems while driving? That's when this seems to bother me the most. I've seen videos on YouTube that say you should use a towel or a Tshirt behind your back to prop it up, and also actually use your head rest, and lean back into the seat. That doesn't seem to make much of a difference to my back, it still hurts and has shooting spark type pain that wraps around to the front and other crazy symptoms during and after I drive. Driving seems to be the thing that irritates this the most.

What do you guys do in order to help your backs when you drive?

Thanks in advance :)


  • My PT suggested a lumbar roll and to keep my head extended back into the headrest. Trying to keep everything aligned. I have all kinds of adjustments on my car seat but I am usually in tears after driving for 10 minutes. I did try to drive with only my right arm and leave my left C7 radiculopathy arm resting on my thigh and that seemed to help a bit. Sorry for your pain. Let me know iif you can figure something out.
  • Is it one of those loll pillows that looks like a log? Do you put it in your lumbar area or behind you neck?

    Thanks : )
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