6 Best Office Chairs for Back & Hip Pain (2020 Update)

Last Updated on by Pedram Sadough Moghanlu

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If you are looking for the best office chair for hip AND lower back pain then I got good news for you!

I have my own story of suffering from a back injury – I know what you can feel like. I also know that everything can be treated so…don’t despair!

Given that, I’m here to help you find the right chair first AND I will also share some of the less conventional tips near the end of this article – make sure to go all the way down!

Without further ado…let’s jump into my recommendation.

Related: 9 Best Budget Office Chairs


6 Office Chairs for Hip & Lower Back Pain

An ergonomic chair is fully adjustable – it can be set to fit your body’s unique curves (oh yeah 🙂 ).

Below you will find the 6 I recommend based on the research I have done. 

OrderModelAverage Rating (out of 5)
Steelcase Amia​4.3
Viva Office​4
AKRacing Executive Chair​4.7
Amazon Basics Big & Tall Chair​4.5
SPACE Seating4.8
BERLMAN High Back​3.9 (Amazon’s Choice)

If you suffer from recurring hip pain, look for an ergonomic chair that has been designed to overcome it.

A great example of the high-quality ergonomic chair is this piece from the one and only – Steelcase, a renowned manufacturer of ergonomic seating.

In my book this IS the best office chair for hip pain so if you can afford it, just go for it. 

I really like it for a number of reasons and dislike for just one.

First of all, its armrests have a tremendous degree of adjustability – you can lift them up, turn them left/right and even drag them closer!
This means that, not only hip pain is take care of, but your upper back will stay relaxed without any strains.

On top of that, armrests are really REALLY comfortable so you can type all day without getting tired (if you need to of course 🙂 ).

You can also adjust this chair on the fly as you start getting tired from sitting in one position (that’s why it’s so comfortable).

Having said this, the back of the chair is not super high so some taller guys and girls might need a big and tall office chair.

Another thing that I just love about this chair – the touch and the feel.

Steelcase IS a renowned manufacturer of top rated office furniture so they know how to make it very special.

Do you like it?

I’ll let you be the judge…

 

PROs

  • One of the most comfortable chairs on the market today
  • It's great for prolonged use either at home or in the office
  • One of the most eye-catching chairs with a myriad of different color options

CONs

  • A bit pricey but quality and warranty are fantastic

This shares the leather good looks of the Steelcase Amia chair, and yet it costs less than a third of the asking price, meaning that a touch of luxury for the office is now more affordable than ever.

We were pleased to discover that on this occasion a generous price tag doesn’t mean that comfort and ergonomic support had been sacrificed, and whilst it may not be as comfortable as the Amia (not many chairs are) it still allows you to use it for hour after hour without the feeling of pain in the joints.

One reason that this is a pleasure to sit in is the spring pack padded seat, and with a seat slider as standard as well, this takes pressure away from the hips.

This is also helped by the waterfall edge design of the seat, which also helps to alleviate pain at the back of the legs.

The back can be tilted and locked into place, and the arm rests are adjustable as well, which we wouldn’t necessarily expect to find in such a good looking chair that costs less than two hundred dollars.

PROs

  • Comfortable & nice material
  • Great padding on the seat and arms
  • Spacious - easy to accommodate for a painful hip
  • Rocks, swivels and locks in any position

CONs

  • Headrest could be a bit taller/thicker

What if you got hip pain AND you love racing-style chairs?

I thought I’d include this one because I’m myself a gamer (not too often though).

Here is a high-end luxurious PU/genuine leather (choose one) chair for a reasonable price – Akracing!

With the experience in sport auto seats designing, comfortable and sturdiness are two main objectives of the AKRacing and…they did a really good job!

Why do I like this chair…and why would I get it for hip pain.

1. This is a high back chair which means – your entire back gets supported during your sitting time. If the back is supported, then your reduce pressure on your spine and hips, as a result.

2. The armrests are, again, adjustable so your upper back will also be taken care of.

3. Quality seat and there is plenty of room when you sit down – your hip will not push against anything.

It also has a nice adjustable headrest and lumbar support which you should adjust for the best comfort!

PROs

  • Available in PU Leather and Real Leather
  • Rock It and Lock It functions
  • 180 degrees recline feature
  • Class 4 Gaslift
  • 4D Adjustable Armrest
  • 5-year warranty

CONs

  • Not overly comfortable for smaller people

This is a great ergonomic chair for hip pain sufferers – it’s very soft and comfortable to sit in.

It is also heavy-duty, which means it is capable of supporting a fairly big guy/gal – up to 500 lbs! 😎

By no means the chair is perfect, but it is better than most from the “big and tall” category that it belongs to.

PROs

  • Suitable for anyone up to 500lbs
  • Waterfall edge design reduces leg pain and fatigue
  • Reinforced base
  • Lumbar support
  • Pneumatic height mechanism
  • Ergonomic back padding

CONs

  • Not so easy to assemble

This is an affordable and good looking, thanks to its gunmetal finish.

An excellent ergonomic chair for hip pain, and as well as a seat slider allowing you to find a position that’s suitable for your lower back.

PROs

  • Heavy Duty Angled Chrome Finished Base with Oversized Dual Wheel Carpet Casters
  • It also incorporates a mesh back with waist supporting sides
  • It feels refreshingly cool to sit on, even on a hot day or in an office full of heat-generating computers

CONs

  • No headrest included

Even though this chair doesn’t have adjustable lumbar support and premium features, it’s proven itself many times.

Sitting at slightly over $100 this is a nice piece of office furniture for a tall person. 🙂

It’s a great product for a home office so I am happy to include it here.

PROs

  • 30-Day money-back guarantee - no questions asked
  • MAX Capacity 250 pounds
  • The chair is pretty solid
  • Made of breathable mesh
  • Curved back design serves for better posture

CONs

  • It's not fully adjustable
  • Some creaking can occur but that's a standard thing for a chair of almost any budget

What Else Can Help With Hip Pain?

Having the right chair obviously helps but…there are other things that might be able to help you big time and…here they are:

1. First of all, I recommend you grab these two books: “Tight Hip, Twisted Core: The Key To Unresolved Pain” and “Heal Your Hips, Second Edition: How to Prevent Hip Surgery and What to Do If You Need It“.

They are both available in Kindle editions and I highly recommend you check them out – they have brilliant reviews and I’m sure CAN help you big time.

2. Second, if you experience hip discomfort during walking, you can also consider this hip brace. It has well over 600 reviews and an average grade of 4.3 so I imagine it definitely helps. 

3. Next in line is this memory foam seat. It does help with hip pain and sciatica PLUS you can use it in your car and even on the plane.

4. Last (but not least) is this memory foam sleeping pillow. I’m not a huge fan of it to be honest but ergonomic support for the lumbar area that this pillow offers does seem to help people with lower back and hip pain.

 

3 Chair Features That Stop Hip Discomfort

1: Adjustable Back Support

Hips and backs are super-connected!

This is why if one has issues, another one can also suffer.

Quite frequently back support can be adjusted vertically (so if you are tall or short you will be fine), but sometimes you can adjust the depth of the support (i.e. how much it presses into your lower back).

2: Separately Adjustable Back

I know, how does that have anything to do with hip pain…

However, having your back fully in touch with the chair’s back is HUGE. It’s very important that the two fully connect so that you get the most of the support possible.

Again, backs and hips are two connected puzzles. For example, if your hips are tight, chances are, you (will) have back pain.

3: Maybe Don’t Pick Mesh

Poor quality mesh, unlike leather, has a very stupid feature…

It lets you slip down, giving your body a weird signal of constant tension (you sort of try grabbing your chair with your bum). It’s especially problematic if your chair has caster wheels and the floor is wooden.

Again, you end up trying to stay in one place (i.e. not move forward) and that tenses your entire body. Hip pain gets worse – we don’t want that.

So, what is the best office chair for hip pain?

There is no exact answer (well…except for Amia) because there are a few options, but the important thing to grasp is – the chair must be ergonomic. 😎

By no means, this is a complete list of every single option available.

If you are looking for more options, click any of the “View on Amazon” buttons above and you will find a lot more options to consider.

Also, if you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below – I am happy to help you.

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