Sitting in an office chair for prolonged periods of time can definitely cause low back pain or worsen an existing back problem. The cause of pain in the lower back while sitting may involve posture, an injury, or a health condition.
Sitting for prolonged periods of time increases stress and strain on the back muscles and spinal discs. Spinal discs act like cushioning pads between your vertebral bodies, and pressure on these pads results in pain. Pressure is typically highest when sitting, and lowest when lying down.
Join Abiola in this discussion on how you can prevent back ache or pain and some education on the ergonomics of your chair.