Can Sciatica Be caused By Excessive Sitting ?

Is it possible that I developed Sciatica due to excessive sitting ?Question..

I do office work at a desk where i sit at least 8 hours i have now developed sciatica condition, would this be something that workers comp should cover?

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8 Responses to “Can Sciatica Be caused By Excessive Sitting ?”

  • Keko

    If the sitting caused the muscles to tighten – Maybe. A chiropractor and massage therapist with the book at the bottom is the best way to fix it. IF you go to work comp PLEASE tell them about the book for all the people in pain. Thank you.

    Much pain is from muscles below is an example of what may help (based on headaches).
    Begin with a couple swigs of molasses or a couple of bananas daily – magnesium (which regulates many things in the body) and potassium (a needed building block for muscles).
    Drink at least 1/2 gallons of water per day. Running a body low on water is like running a car low on oil is the analogy the head of neurology at UCDavis told my husband about 10 years ago.

    Now to the cause – muscles – your back, neck shoulders and head have tender spots. They are knots in the fibers of the muscles called trigger points. It makes the muscles tight which makes them press on nerves and other things causing the pain.

    The cure – start with a professional massage, you will also want to go back over any place you can get to 6-12 times per session up to 6 times per day rubbing (or lightly scratching on your head) every where that is tender until the knots go away. The place where the skull connects to the spine press up under the edge of the skull (to get to those muscles).

    For more information read The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook by Davies. It teaches what to do and where the pain comes from.

  • Curious2006

    might be a good idea to do some strteching and working out. Waiting to blame it on someone else is not very effective.

  • pejon60

    YES
    Especially if you are sitting with bad posture
    Sciatica is caused by pressure being put on the sciatic nerve. This most commonly occurs because the nerves in the lower lumbar area are either being pressed upon by a ruptured or squeesed disc or the vertebrae or spur is catching the nerve. The disc or vertebrae concerned can be identified by how far down the leg the sciatic pain goes.
    So obviously from this you can see that if in your sitting your posture or sitting angle puts undue and uneven pressure on the spine you can cause a squeesing and bulging of the disc. If this action is continual problems can occur
    So make sure
    1 your posture is good
    2 Stretch your spine by getting up ocassionally, doing so slowly and do some good stretching exercises

    Listen to your body for warning signs

  • Darlene D

    Yes. I have this problem too. My physical therapist explained it to me. If your hamstrings are tight they pull down on your back muscles which after a while will cause you to have this condition… I got it so bad I went to bed fine one night and woke unable to even sit up in bed… after 4 days in bed I finally found a physical therapist place to take my ins. and I went to 3 months A LOT. The treatment was lots of massage at first then when I was starting to loosen up I started some very simple exercises… I hope this never happens to you. Anyway since then I walk a mile or two a day and strength and I have no problem with it at all and no more pain.. BUT, when I get sick and am laying down or sitting a lot I start getting it again… I am having a hard time getting my hamstrings to really stretch out.. I think this is why I get the pain again when I am not stretching and moving a lot.. Here is a good website to get some exercises from.. You need to work on the CORE muscles… Check out… http://www.sparkpeople.com

  • Felix H

    The main causes of sciatica are

    Herniated or slipped disc (herniated nucleus pulposus). This is by far the most common cause of sciatica
    Pressure by the piriformis muscle in the buttock on the sciatic nerve. (Piriformis Syndrome)
    Misalignment of the bones in the lower back and buttocks (Sacroiliac Joint Derangement)
    Narrowing of the spinal canal that puts pressure on or pinches the fibers that make up the sciatic nerve
    Slippage of one vertebra so that it is out of line with those above or beneath it (spondylolisthesis)
    Abnormality of the nervous system itself, so that nerve fibers don’t transmit signals properly, especially to feet and calves (neuropathy)
    Tumor (this is rare)

  • Kemi

    Yes you can get this from prolonged sitting. Check out this link: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000686.htm

    I dont think workers comp will cover this because it is in your job description to be sitting at a desk for long periods of time. But it would not hurt to try.

  • Laurie J

    write an incident report on the job for work related injury they will send you to the drs and do mri ans nerve conduction you wont know until you make that first step

  • Mandy VZ

    Yes, it’s very common for people with desk jobs to develop sciatica. Espcially if they work in jobs where they are hunched over a computer key board a lot. You can get a lumbar support cushion that will help with your posture (and also feels good for your back).

    As far as worker’s comp, they don’t cover things like sciatica or carpal tunnel, because there’s simply no way to prove you got it from work.