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Medical Back Pain

  1. Sep 18, 2011 #1
    Is anybody else here getting back pain from studying?

    I don't really know what I'm doing wrong.
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  3. Sep 19, 2011 #2
    Maybe you have too much on your mind? (drum roll)

    In all seriousness, I'll get a little sore if I hunch over a lot. It also doesn't help if you're generally inactive. Go for a jog or something once a day. Muscle atrophy is a serious problem in your back. Try sitting up straight.

    I dunno, just advice.
  4. Sep 19, 2011 #3

    I tend to be relatively active, I go to the gym to stay fit here and there. But I haven't really done much at all since Thursday to be honest hehe; else than the gym on Friday at least.

    I'm not a big fan of jogging either, I would rather do a fun activity that is physically demanding (muay thai/boxing/table tennis :D). I did too much jogging as a younger teenager and frankly I'm sick of it. haha

    By the way, I asked my brother why I have back pain and he recommended I should sit back a little bit more and put a pillow or something behind my lower back.

    Thanks for the advice. ^.^
  5. Sep 21, 2011 #4
    How's your gait? Seriously, check the back of your shoes to see if you are pronating or supinating.
  6. Sep 22, 2011 #5


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    If you slump while studying, that can be a problem. You should sit in a posture such that your lower back is arched normally.

    A mini book-stand that can fit on your desk can help get your materials at the right angle to read comfortably, and a nice bright reading lamp can get your pupils stopped down to the point at which you can read comfortably at a range of distances. These are both essential, IMO. Subtle compensation for poor lighting or poor reading angle using your upper spine/neck can cause pain.

    If these don't turn you around, I'd suggest getting a pair of "rock and tone" type walking shoes that exercise more of the muscles in your lower body when you're walking around campus. I do not recommend Sketchers because the substrate of the sole is very spongy and compressible. I am an average-weight person, and I find them too soft. Someone who is a bit overweight or who is carrying a lot of extra muscle-mass might find them even more problematic.
  7. Sep 22, 2011 #6
    My gait is pretty straight.

    Thanks. ^.^
  8. Oct 28, 2011 #7


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    Now that I can work from home, I work in an La-Z boy with a laptop on my lap. Desks don't do it for me, I have to get up constantly to keep my back moving.
  9. Oct 28, 2011 #8
    Thanks for your reply, its funny my back has been bothering me a bit today and you updated my topic just on time.

    I'm personally not the person that likes to visit the doctor for my problems. I'll usually go on the internet and research the problem myself since I rarely perceive my problems as a big deal.

    I found that no matter how much I try to force myself into good posture I still end up with a little strain here and there. A La-Z boy sounds great! BUT, its not ideal for math and paper. I've tried doing the whole bed thing, but it also gets uncomfortable..
  10. Oct 28, 2011 #9
    Try using one of them bead covers designed for car seats!
    Works for me and I cant sand up Ha! Good recommendation.
  11. Oct 28, 2011 #10
    Thanks for your reply, I did research on the whole topic and I think its a deviation from your normal spine curve. If that's the case then I don't believe bead covers will be a proper solution.

    Edit: I don't know if you meant you can't "sTand up," either way that made me wonder how people who can't stand up don't get chronic back pain.
  12. Oct 28, 2011 #11


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    Chiropractors are are not *real* mds. Nano, go to an orthopedist or neurologist, do not risk going to a chiropractor.

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