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Stiffness, tiredness in back due to sitting work at office. Is this stiffness same ad back pain ?

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I work in a software company and my job requires me to sit a lot and my posture is very bad which i am trying to improve,however i make sure i do lot of physical activity like aerobics etc,however i have stopped from 2 months. I am 172cm tall and my weight is 68kg. I used to go to gym before and just went for a month.Suddenly I started feeling stiffness and uneasiness/tiredness in my back almost 1 and half months back and it still continues.Due to this i have stopped all my exercises and now days i just walk,that also slow walk. I dont know whether this feeling of stiffness is same thing what we call back pain?
I love to go to aerobics and gym. But because of this i have to stop everything.
Sir is this stiffness which i feel same as back pain? And is it curable and if yes how much time does it takes? Can i go out for exercise in normal way or i have to take precaution for life long thing. I m very worried about my back as if i have back issues in this age ,then i dont know how my life will go.
Also 1 more point sir, This pain or stiffness increases as the day goes by, i mean in morning when i get up,i dont have any pain or stiffness,but as day goes by and i work ,it increases .

Should i go for MRI scan? and also can i do gym and is it possible that this pain is because of gym exercises.

Posted Fri, 15 Jun 2012 in Back Pain
Answered by Dr. Aashish Raghu 3 hours later
Hi there.

Thanks for the query.

Do you have any stiffness of pain in the back of neck ?

Do you have any weakness or pain radiating from your back to your legs ?

Any tingling or numbness of the legs or feet ?

Does anyone in your family have any back problems ?

Do you have hypertension, diabetes or other lifestyle disorders ?

According to the clinical history provided the stiffness could be part of a mechanical back pain complex of symptoms. This mechanical back pain is caused due to bad posture at work, long work-hours in particular position, lack of proper sleep or healthy diet as well.

I suggest you to try back strengthening exercises by extension of the back muscles which can be taught by your Orthopedician or Physiotherapist. This will help to relieve the possible muscle spasm which causes the tightness. One must also rule out inflammatory disorders, for which I recommend you to get a X-ray of your spine after consulting with an Orthopedician. MRI can be taken in case you have any nerve compression symptoms or as deemed necessary by your Orthopedician.

Ater a thorough physical examination by your Orthopedician, you may be prescribed pain killers and/or muscle relaxants which should give you relief. Physiotherapy may also be advised if necessary. I would suggest you to try swimming as this will help most in back conditions, provided your Doctor does not contraindicate it in lieu of your present condition.

Avoid weight bearing exercises. Do only mild aerobics which does not put your back to strain. You ca discuss about this with your Gym instructor.

Eat a diet XXXXXXX in fresh fruits and XXXXXXX leafy vegetables, nuts, milk, eggs, pulses and cereals. Drink 1-2 litres of water daily. Do brisk walking exercise for 40 minutes daily. Get 6-8 hours of refreshing sleep daily.

Kindly follow up with me about your progress.

I hope I have answered your query. I will be available to answer your follow up queries.

Wishing good health.


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Follow-up: Stiffness, tiredness in back due to sitting work at office. Is this stiffness same ad back pain ? 15 hours later
Thanks for your detailed reply sir.

The ans for all the questions which you have asked about neck and leg pain and diabities is no. I dont have any of these. However,just last year only my mom has XXXXXXX back issues,it seems her back bone is eroding or something like that.

And Sir is this problem purely curable. Will i be able to go to gym,aerobics and other activities in normal way,without stiffness.

And is this stiffnes same thing as pain?

Answered by Dr. Aashish Raghu 8 minutes later

Thanks for the reply.

The back stiffness could be because of a muscle spasm, weak bones due to low calcium or other causes. This needs to be evaluated by an Orthopedician by a complete physical examination and also some tests to confirm the diagnosis.

Depending on the cause the treatment can be given. If it is mechanical back pain, it should be relieved with good posture, healthy diet, exercise and possibly pain killer and muscle relaxants for some time. Low calcium in bones can also be treated with calcium XXXXXXX diet and supplements.

Stiffness means inability to carry out full range of motion due to a feeling of tightness. It is not the same as back pain but there are medical conditions which can still cause back pain and stiffness.

I hope I have answered your query.

Follow up with me on your progress.

Wishing good health.
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