Losing Weight May Help Ease Back Pain
According to recent studies from The Obesity Society, obesity is on the rise across the nation and one-third of obese patients complain of musculoskeletal conditions, especially back pain.
While there is no one reason that overweight and obese patients experience back pain, there are many contributing factors that raise the likelihood of it occurring.
Chiropractor Dr. Angela Hee said, “Being overweight can increase the stress and strain of the muscles and ligaments in the spine, especially in the lower back. The lower back curve can become distorted, causing the pelvis to tilt in an abnormally exaggerated manner. Poor posture, lack of spinal flexibility and weak core muscles may lead to sprains and strains, nerve impingement, herniated discs and degenerative arthritis.”
While surgery may once have been the norm for fixing such ailments, many doctors are now shying away from the practice; at least until the patient is at a healthier weight prior to surgery. Overweight and obese patients have a much higher rate of complications and infections post-surgery when compared to those at healthy weights. In order to aid in spine and back health while attempting to lose weight, remember to target the core muscles, as these help to support the upper body and will aid in taking strain off of the lower back.
As a back pain doctor, I know how important strong core muscles are in the relief of lower back pain. Remember to speak with a pain management doctor prior to beginning a new exercise regime, especially if you have preexisting health conditions compounded by obesity.