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      08-11-2009, 03:41 AM   #1
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why dose my back hurt every time i drive me 335

im not sure if its my seats but if i drive for more than 10 minutes my back starts to hrut like crazy i have the sport seats on my car and cant seem to get the right position and dont reall know how to use the lumbar!

anyone have the same problem?
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im not sure if its my seats but if i drive for more than 10 minutes my back starts to hrut like crazy i have the sport seats on my car and cant seem to get the right position and dont reall know how to use the lumbar!

anyone have the same problem?
If you don't know how to use the lumbar support, don't. As someone who has lower back issues (SIJD), I'd say the most important thing is to make sure your knees are slightly higher than your hips, and you sit as far back in the seat as possible. If you're using the lumbar support improperly, you might find that it is causing, or at least aggravating your issue.
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If you don't know how to use the lumbar support, don't. As someone who has lower back issues (SIJD), I'd say the most important thing is to make sure your knees are slightly higher than your hips, and you sit as far back in the seat as possible. If you're using the lumbar support improperly, you might find that it is causing, or at least aggravating your issue.
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If you don't know how to use the lumbar support, don't. As someone who has lower back issues (SIJD), I'd say the most important thing is to make sure your knees are slightly higher than your hips, and you sit as far back in the seat as possible. If you're using the lumbar support improperly, you might find that it is causing, or at least aggravating your issue.
but it starts when imnot using the lumbar then i just try to use it but nothing changes i guess ill just try out some more positions.
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If you don't know how to use the lumbar support, don't. As someone who has lower back issues (SIJD), I'd say the most important thing is to make sure your knees are slightly higher than your hips, and you sit as far back in the seat as possible. If you're using the lumbar support improperly, you might find that it is causing, or at least aggravating your issue.
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you know I have this too, but only after like 1-2 hours of driving....the lumbar is weird...sometimes it works for me...sometimes it doesn't
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it might have something to do with your bad grammar
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im not sure if its my seats but if i drive for more than 10 minutes my back starts to hrut like crazy i have the sport seats on my car and cant seem to get the right position and dont reall know how to use the lumbar!

anyone have the same problem?
My BMW seat is more comfortable than my Benz imo. Go see a doctor. No joke.
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      08-11-2009, 10:40 PM   #9
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I have the same problem, I have to constantly adjust my seat cause my back hurts
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I have the same problem, I have to constantly adjust my seat cause my back hurts
+1 it's hard to find the perfect position.. I also have lower back pain..
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I am not a doctor, but I forgot to add a few things. Although I mentioned sitting as far back in the seat as possible (this does not mean leaning the seat back), and keeping your knees slightly elevated, I neglected to mention a few other important factors.

1. Distance from the steering wheel.

This should be "just right" and will vary from person to person based on height. If you have to lean forward at all, and your shoulders are not firmly resting against the seat, you're sitting to far back. If you feel that you you have no leg room, and are doing funny things with your legs to avoid contact with the steering wheel you are obviously sitting too close.

2. Headrest.

Again, make sure it is not pushed/angled to far foward or backward.


Most of this advice came from my physical therapist after suffering a pretty bad SI joint injury. One other tip is you can use a rolled up towel in place of the lumbar support if you wish. The placement of lumbar support is important and should support the lumbar spine (no shit right?). Too low and you're pressing against the sacrum. Too high and you're pressing agianst the thoracic[sp?] spine.

The bottom line is that you want to maintain a neutral spine position.

If you have back problems please consult a doctor who can refer you to a physical therapist. Although perhaps unrelated, additionally I had to:

- Replace my mattress with a medium/firm one
- Swim more and run less (I swim a 2000m 4-5 times a week, fast)
- Make sure I wear good shoes
- Pay attention to my posture
- Stretch/exercise my lower back/abdominals more (although swimming takes care of this pretty well)

BTW, despite my avatar I'm 32 and an athletic Marine veteran who stays in good shape. You don't have to be an old man to have back issues.
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I was kidding about the doc comment. lolbuss
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I was kidding about the doc comment. lolbuss
Oh I know... I just wanted to be sure that nobody was thinking I was a doctor trying to dispense medical advice. I'm only passing on what my PT told me, and what's anecdotally worked for me. It's all good home skillet.
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i injured my back from snowboarding 5 years ago and it still isn't healed.. chiropractor couldnt fix it. X-ray was negative.
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i injured my back from snowboarding 5 years ago and it still isn't healed.. chiropractor couldnt fix it. X-ray was negative.
Have you tried accupuncture?
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Have you tried accupuncture?
tried that didn't work.. went to 3 different chiropractor and it didn't work..
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tried that didn't work.. went to 3 different chiropractor and it didn't work..
See a physical therapist. Seriously. After seeing shitloads of doctors, and having MRIs, etc. done, not one doctor could tell me what was wrong with me. The docs referred me to a PT, she fixed me in two months after figuring out my problem was SIJD.

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it might have something to do with your bad grammar
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thanks for the advice everyone will have to find the perfect seat position. i will try the towel also sounds like a good idea.
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I'm a PT who deals with Lumbar problems most of my day. I'd say you would have to be more specific with what you're feeling and where for me to be any real help.
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i injured my back from snowboarding 5 years ago and it still isn't healed.. chiropractor couldnt fix it. X-ray was negative.
See Josh Rubin from East West Healing in San Diego or Sam Visnic from endmybackpainnow.com in SoCal if you're serious about getting better.

Both are high level Chek Practitioners that can put the pieces of the puzzle together to treat the body as a unit and not as separate pieces (isolationist vs integrative approach).
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I'm a PT who deals with Lumbar problems most of my day. I'd say you would have to be more specific with what you're feeling and where for me to be any real help.
How would you assess him over the web?
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Agreed sport seats suck. I drive my G for a week and my back feels great, hop in the 335 for an extended period and it gets sore.
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