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Why does your back ache? Here are 4 daily habits that may be hurting your spine, and what you should do about it.

Last updated on 19 January 2022

What could be causing your back pain?

Standing still (Commuting / waiting for someone)

Prolonged standing causes your body to become fatigued and places more pressure on your joints. This leads to back stiffness as well as tightened and aching back muscles.

Using your mobile phone

When looking down at your phone, whether standing or sitting, your neck is bent forward and has to support the full weight of your head. This puts additional stress on the neck muscles and spine.

Working in the office

Improper posture at your desk can cause discomfort and pain to your back and spine. Your spine has a natural curve, and a bad posture challenges it unnecessarily.

Lifting heavy objects

A study found that 19% of patients with back pain work in the transport and storage sector. When wrong techniques – like bending over to pick up heavy objects – are carried out, greater force is placed on the joints and muscles, which can lead to pain.

How can you protect your back?

To keep your spine happy and healthy, be sure to do these 3 things:

  • Adopt a correct or supported posture
  • Change positions every 30 minutes
  • Stretch regularly

What can you do for back pain?

Lower back pain affects a majority of Singaporeans. Prompt diagnosis is important to prevent any long-term injury. Consult an orthopaedic specialist to understand what’s causing your pain, and the treatment options available.

You may also do simple exercises and stretches for pain that you may be experiencing. Do be careful when doing such exercises, and stop immediately if you feel any shooting or sharp pain. If you are a beginner, it is best to start your exercise routine under the guidance of a physiotherapist.



If you have been experiencing prolonged back aches and pain during this work-from-home period, don't delay seeking treatment at Mount Elizabeth Hospital’s Rehabilitation Centre or Parkway Shenton’s Sports Medicine Clinic.

 

Article reviewed by Wang Yu Hui, Senior Physiotherapist at Mount Elizabeth Hospital

References

4 Reasons to Stop Slouching. Men’s Fitness. Retrieved on 13 December 2017 from http://www.mensfitness.com/training/pro-tips/4-reasonsstop-slouching

9 Health Hazards of Electronic Devices for Kids. Health Promotion Board. Retrieved on 13 December 2017 from https://www.healthhub.sg/live-healthy/1099/9-health-hazards-of-electronic-devices-for-kids

Office Chair, Posture, and Driving Ergonomics. Spine Health. Retrieved on 13 December 2017 from https://www.spine-health.com/wellness/ergonomics/officechair-posture-and-driving-ergonomics

Workplace Safety and Health Institute

13.DEC.2017