View Full Version : Sitting in chairs

10-12-2014, 04:13 PM
Does anyone else have trouble sitting in chairs where the seat is tilted back? For some reason, this is very painful for me. I am fused T1-L4. I can sit in chairs that have an even seat, and where the legs are all upright and not at an angle. But most chairs are tilted back and the rear legs are at an angle...why do they make chairs like this? Is it painful for the rest of you too? maybe its because my hardware goes down low?

10-12-2014, 05:05 PM
I still have trouble sitting. To sit totally upright is ok but on an angle it just doesn't work I am fused t-2 to pelvis. If my legs are straight out then I must sit like a Pilates v.not too comfortable.

jane d
10-12-2014, 07:37 PM
I was fused two years ago from t-4 to sacrum and I am only able to sit comfortably straight up in a chair. I can't recline in my recliner anymore but must put two small pillows behind my back. It doesn't hurt to lean back it is just very uncomfortable. I carry a small pillow in my car to use in church, in restaurants, movie theaters, etc. At home I also have to sit with my feet on the floor and not up or extended in my recliner. Straight back chairs are the most comfortable for me now and I guess they will be from now on.

10-13-2014, 01:06 PM
I am fused C2 to sacrum. I am in agreement with the rest of the ladies that wrote in.


10-13-2014, 02:24 PM
Straight chairs for me too. Frequently the seat is too deep, so I need to place a pillow at the back for comfort.

Unsure why they made such chairs. They were not comfortable for me before I was fused!


10-13-2014, 10:39 PM
Same here. Fused t6 to sacrum and fine with sitting on straight or office chairs, but angled ones are uncomfortable.

10-14-2014, 06:37 AM
I think I am the odd ball of the group. I find being able to recline in my office chair doesn't hurt as much as straight up and down. But if I really want to sit without pain then I break out the exercise ball and use it as a chair. Not only does it feel great but it works to strengthen the core muscles at the same time.


10-14-2014, 06:56 PM
Someone who had also had Scoli surgery did give me the suggestion to always slide forward to the edge of the chair before standing up...sounds really basic, but I don't think I had been doing this. It's especially important when the seat is low, like my car seat, or tilted back. I guess it loads the spine less if you scoot forward first.