Friday, January 9, 2009

Back Pain Stopping You From Sports?

Something interesting with one of my patients today. Some of the most notorious causes of low back pain, in both elite athletes and weekend warriors are not related to running or your sport at all.

Prolonged sitting is one of the things that actually hurts your lumbar spine. Compressive loads at your L5-S1 region are highest with sitting compared to standing or lying down. It's strange but true, standing actually exerts less stress on your spine than sitting.

I've actually found that competitive movement be it your cycling, running etc may merely aggravate a condition that is caused by the patient's daily activities.

Back to my patient, the back pain disappeared with treatment and minimizing prolonged sitting at work. Don't let anyone tell you that you can't run, bike or jump with back pain.

Treat the cause of the pain, don't just treat the pain.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this tidbit... I have been experiencing back pain for the past 4 days and the only CHANGE in my activity has beein an increase in sitting due to jury duty. I suspect this may be a factor. Thanks again! Suzanne (from the Holistic Health Nut blog)