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I was wondering what might be the cause for the pain ? Please suggest me methods of reducing the pain

Hi, I am 32year male, software by profession working on computers for almost 15hrs a day. I have been having back pain since last 5 months. I weigh 72kg and measure 170cm in height. Otherwise i have been healthy. I was wondering what might be the cause for the pain? Please suggest me methods of reducing the pain.. I sincerely thank you all..
Asked On : Tue, 22 Dec 2009
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Working at a computer can cause back, neck and shoulder pains, headache, eyestrain and overuse injuries of the upper limbs. The risks can be reduced or eliminated with proper workstation design, improved posture, good working habits and REGULAR EXERCISE.

Suggestions to reduce the risk of back pain:

Use an adjustable desk designed for use with computers; position the monitor so that it is either at eye level or slightly lower.

Position your keyboard at a height that allows your elbows to rest comfortably at your side. Forearms should be roughly parallel with the floor and level with your keyboard.

Adjust your chair so that your feet rest flat on the floor.

Use a footstool (if your feet do not rest on the floor when the chair is adjusted for good arm position).

Switch to an ergonomic chair, which helps your spine to naturally hold its curve while sitting.

Use an ergonomic keyboard to offer your hands and wrists a more natural holding position.

Take frequent short breaks and go for a walk or perform STRETCHING EXERCISES at your desk. Stand often.

Consulting a physical therapist (physiotherapist) for stretching exercises proper postural position than can surely help.
Also get an X-ray of the painful region in the back to rule out any bony abnormality. Usually in computer users it should be X-ray cervical and Dorso-lumbar region with both AP & lateral views)
Answered: Wed, 14 Mar 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. G.S.L.Gupta's  Response
Pl. get an x-ray lumbosacral spines ( AP. AND LAT VIEWS) to rule out any bony abnormality. Most likely

cause is prolapse intervertebral disc syndrome. pl seek opinion of ortho surgeon.

Dr XXXXX
Answered: Sun, 4 Mar 2012
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  User's Response

You need to give adequate rest to your body as working for such a long periods sitting in a single posture may have severe effects on the back muscles causing the pain.
Answered: Tue, 22 Dec 2009
  User's Response
Hi.. The cause for your back pain might be your occupation and added on with the increased body mass.
Answered: Tue, 22 Dec 2009
  User's Response

Simple life style modifications can help in solving your problem
Answered: Tue, 22 Dec 2009
  User's Response

Start of jogging and follow up with other exercises.
Answered: Tue, 22 Dec 2009
  User's Response

Aim at reducing your weight
Answered: Tue, 22 Dec 2009
  User's Response

Followed by mild back strengthening exercises will help in pain relief.
Answered: Tue, 22 Dec 2009
  User's Response

Good sitting posture and frequent small exercises
Answered: Tue, 22 Dec 2009
  User's Response

If the pain persists visit your Doctor.
Answered: Tue, 22 Dec 2009
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