05.30.11

Timing & Back Pain

Posted in Back Facts (spine) at 8:57 AM by Dr. Greathouse

The back is more vulnerable at certain times of the day. In the first hour after awakening, or after prolonged static full flexion such as sitting or stooping, the body is at greatest risk. Bending stresses on the disc are increased by 300% and ligaments by 80% in the morning (Adams et al., 1987). McGill has reported that after just three minutes of full flexion, subjects lost half their stiffness, making them more susceptible to injury. (McGill 1999).

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