CAN THE WAY I SIT BE CAUSING MY BACK PAIN?
By: Dr. Barry D. Shapiro
Your pelvis is made up of three bones (two ilium and one sacrum). When you sit down you are actually sitting on the bottom of the ilium called the ischium. Your hip is the top of your ilium.
The pelvis moves during most activity at the attachment of the ilium to the sacrum called the sacro-iliac joint. When you get out of a chair after extended sitting and you are stiff, have pain, are hunched over, and have difficulty walking the first few steps it is usually the sacro-iliac joint (SI joint) that is involved.
There are some common everyday activities that can cause a shift in the SI joint. The following is a partial list:
- Getting in and out of a car on one leg
- Sitting with the leg crossed at the knee
- Lying on your side with one leg straight and the other leg bent at the knee
- Sitting in a recliner with one leg straight and one leg bent
- Sitting with a wallet in your back pocket
- Working on a ladder or step stool with one foot on one rung and the other on a rung at a different level
- Drawing the left leg up to the side when driving
- Sitting on one cheek on a bar stool
- Doing weight training one leg at a time
A shift in the SI joint can cause back pain, pain in the groin, or pain down the leg to mention a few. A shift in the pelvis can cause difficulty with a normal delivery of a baby and can affect menstrual or prostate issues.
These problems are usually able to be corrected or managed so that your lifestyle is not negatively affected.
If you or someone you know is having back pain and want some help finding out what is wrong and what you can do to correct it let us help you as we have helped thousands of others. We can be reached at carrollwoodchiropractic.com or at 813-962-3608.