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Strain in the back due to a sitting job. Precautions to take ? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 30-May-2013
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I am 24 male with 173 cm height and 71 kg weight. I work as a software engineer which involves lot of sitting job. Also from past 2 month i have started going to gym. From past 3-4days i am feeling strain in my back,its like it is very stiff. Whenever i Sit down or bend i feel a kind of strain in my back ,however it is not pain, is this strain or stiffness only called as a back pain or is it different from back pain?
And what can be the reason for it as i am just 24 and i am physically active as i am going for aerobics for last 7 months. One more thing just to inform,i have lost 16 kg in last 7 months with aerobics,can that lead to this strain?
I have heard that if once this back pain comes it is lifelong. Is it true or can it be recovered fully? and what precaution should i take.?

Thanks for your answer in advance.
User:Hi Doctor
Doctor:Please give me a moment to read your health concern
Doctor:Thank you
Doctor:Are you there?
User:yes doctor
Doctor:I have read your query
Doctor:You basically have back pain
Doctor:Is that right?
User:ya sought off, but actually i dont feel pain, i feel stiffness, is that same as back pain
Doctor:Is there a family history of any autoimmune diseases ?
Doctor:Like RA
Doctor:Ankylosing spondylitis
User:RA means???
Doctor:Rheumatoid Arthritis
User:no doctor
Doctor:Is there stiffness in any other bones?
User:no ,only in back that also in lower and middle back
Doctor:At an age of 24, I would think of incorrect back posture as one of the possibilities
Doctor:and most common cause
User:and this stiffness is not there or is very less when i get up in morning as compared to evening,however in case if i walk or sit for a long time then this increases
Doctor:It rules out RA then
Doctor:It also rules out other autoimmune diseases of the joints
Doctor:I think,you need adequate back rest
Doctor:Correct back posture
Doctor:Good practice at work desk
User:does this mean i should not walk,go for aerobics ,jogging and gym?
Doctor:No, not at all
Doctor:You must and in fact do all these
Doctor:Physical activity is very important
Doctor:It will reduce the symptoms too
Doctor:Is there present for more than 8weeks now?
User:i asked because , i showed this to an ortho, he didnt do any test ,just made me do some excersice and physically examined me,and he told it seems mechanical strain
User:and it can be becuse of wrong excercise in gym
User:no its just 2-3 weeks
Doctor:You should not worry at all about this
Doctor:It will go away soon
Doctor:Please do not complicate it
Doctor:It is because of strain
Doctor:It will go away with rest
Doctor:At your age, I do not think there is a serious possibility
Doctor:The orthopedician was right
Doctor:You can continue to exercise after the pain is relieved
User:he gave me vitamin d tablets and told to do physiotherapy for 8 days which i did,in physio he gave some pull machine and ultra sound
User:ok doctor,so nothing to worry,? and on average how much time it takes for such a pain
Doctor:It should go away in a weeks time
Doctor:Nothing to worry
User:and sir i use sandals for full day, does it effect,should i use only shoes
Doctor:You can use either but flat foot
User:flat foot means one with good cushioning and soul,like of adidas and reebok
Doctor:It should have cushioning effect with a flat base without a heel
Doctor:Brand does not matter
User:sorry for asking such questions,but i am very worried about my back as at age of 24 i dont want such problem and i dont wanna give up excersice as i gain weight very easily
Doctor:Please don't be sorry, Its my pleasure
Doctor:You need to understand few things and you can ask me anytime
User:ok thanks a lot doc, i will take rest and start excercise after 2-3 weeks
Doctor:You may go in for an MRI if the back stiffness persists for over 8 weeks
Doctor:You can start exercising after a week if pain subsides
Doctor:Is there anything else I may help you with?
User:ok doctor, nothing else doc,thanks a lot
Doctor:Thank you too
Doctor:Take care
Doctor:and get well soon
Doctor:Bye for now
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