Could the way you sit in your car be hurting your back?

I’ve often said my work is like putting scrambled eggs back in the shell. One example is the persistent and insidious strain applied to the muscles and ligaments attached to the vertebra in the lower back when sitting in a low riding car. Any time the knee is above the hip in your car, the bones supporting your lower spine bow backwards and force the ligaments that hold them together into a severe state of strain. You may or may not notice is at the time, but it is likely to show up when you go to get out of the car, stand up straight and take those first few steps!

Coming to me for an “adjustment” is not as important as adjusting your sitting with a lumbar support or, even more better, trade that vehicle for one with a seat that keeps your knees at hip level and has a variable lumbar support.

-Dr. Mueller