ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Can Your Office Chair Cause Hip Pain?

Updated on August 27, 2015
Source

Do you really think that good office chairs do not cause hip pain? If you do, the reality is going to surprise you.

Chair manufacturers may sweet talk you all they want, but the fact of the matter is that even the most comfortable office chairs can make your hip area sore after a long day of work. Sounds a bit scary, doesn’t it!

Well, office chairs cause hip pain mainly due to two reasons: the presence of a contoured seat, and the use of a wrong hip-joint angle.

Let us understand what these two are all about.

1. The presence of a contoured seat

Contoured or sculpted seats, like the ones that have the sides slightly raised than the middle, are not at all good for hip health. In most cases, office chairs that feature contoured seats have the ability to impart hip pain.

This fact is not known too widely. And that is the reason why so many people make the mistake of purchasing a chair with a contoured seat in the first place, only to change it later again with another similar model. These people, without knowing what they are getting into, keep making the same mistake again and again.

The good news is, even if you own a contoured chair, you can adjust it to make it less severe for your hips. You can carefully fold a towel or take a pillow, and put it in the contoured region to make the sitting area flat or level. If money is not a problem, you can even go a step further and replace your contoured chair with one that has a flat seat. However, the latter option may not be too practical for many, since most good office chairs that have flat seats cost a lot of money.

Source

2. The use of a wrong hip-joint angle

Hip pain can occur if you rely on a bad hip-joint angle, too. Hip-joint angle is the angle your hip makes with your trunk when you sit on a chair. A bad hip-joint angle can not only cause hip pain, but can also lead to several other health issues.

So what is a good hip-joint angle? One study found that the ideal hip joint angle is 135 degrees. Does that seem like a surprise? If yes, you are not alone. Most people expect the answer to be 90 degrees!

Anyway, if you want to achieve the ideal angle of 135 degrees when sitting on your chair, the best thing you can do is notice the position of your knees relative to your hips. If you find that your knees stay at a higher level compared to your hips when sitting, then you need to lower your chair a bit.

It is truly fascinating that most people do not even consider something as important as hip-joint angle when sitting on a chair. Let alone that, many even do not bother to look at the various adjustments available in a chair before buying it. They just look at the price and style of the chair, and base their decision on that.

If you want to have a healthy hip that does not annoy you with any kind of pain, you need to take your time to adjust your hip-joint angle.

Remember that wrong hip-joint angle is not just associated with hip pain. A bad angle can harm your spinal discs, as well.

Source

Your office chair can certainly make your hips painful if you are not careful. But, as long as you maintain a good hip-joint angle during your sitting sessions and use a chair that contains a flat seat, hip pain should not be an issue.

We would love to hear your opinion

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Crainbow1 profile image

      Chris Rainbow 

      2 years ago from London

      I'm most guilty of some of the points raised here! thank you for the great advice, I'll know to be more careful with the hip-joint angle when sitting on my office chair for long periods of time!

    • Glenn Co profile image

      Glenn 

      2 years ago from Greater Burlington, Vt

      It's about time someone put this information into print.

      A very good chair, and the proper chair are critical for office and computer people who are in them several hrs. per day.

      I've been told by a chiropractor and also by an orthopedic surgeon, that sitting, in general is a very unnatural position for the body, whereas standing is the ideal position for the human body. (Their point was that if you need to sit at a desk for prolonged periods, pick the best chair that you can, and one that gives you the proper support.)

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)