Tips for sitting at a desk with spondylitis

One effect of spondylitis that many individuals experience is the pain that comes with sitting for prolonged periods of time. For those who work office jobs, this can be especially problematic. Not everyone has the opportunity to switch to a standing desk, and if you are among the many who must find a way to get through the workday despite your spondylitis pain, you may start to feel discouraged.

Managing your spondylitis at work

If you have been diagnosed with spondylitis, you don’t have to quit your job to find relief from your symptoms. Instead, try the following tips in conjunction with your physician’s recommended treatment plan:

  1. Take frequent breaks. Get up once an hour and walk around to loosen up your muscles and prevent stiffness.
  2. Maintain good posture. Sitting up straight with your shoulders back promotes proper spine alignment and can help keep excess stress off your spine.
  3. Keep your physician-recommended medications on hand. Rather than skipping a dose of medication while at work, keep some of your medication at your desk so it can be taken in accordance with your physician’s instructions.
  4. Buy a good back pillow. Keep the pillow on your chair at work for additional spine support.
  5. Sit with your feet flat on the floor. Sitting with your legs crossed or tucked under you can place additional stress on your spine.

If you have been diagnosed with spondylitis, the best thing you can do for yourself is to visit your physician and begin a course of treatment. Spondylitis symptoms are manageable, but should not be left untreated, as they can potentially worsen. Laser Spine Institute does not treat spondylitis, but our team can help those living with this condition find an alternative course of treatment. To get started, contact us today.