Can the Food You Eat Cause Back Pain?

Back Pain Los AngelesChronic back pain can be the result of many (sometimes overlapping) factors. Some spine conditions, like traumatic injuries that result from a slip and fall, car accident, or genetic or progressive disorders like degenerative disc disease may not always be preventable, and require treatment from an orthopedic spine surgeon.

In the fight against chronic back pain, it is important to understand which factors are under individual control. Many studies have found that maintaining a healthy weight, and staying fit and active with strength training and stretching exercises like yoga can make a big difference in alleviating muscle strain, and pressure on the back that can cause or make back pain worse.

But can certain foods actually cause back pain? According to a news report on CBS Chicago, foods that lead to an inflammatory response in the intestines can spread inflammation to the joints, which can potentially cause instability and back pain. Trading processed, high sugar and fatty foods for fresh fruit and veggies, and “good” fats like salmon and avocado can help to maintain an adequate weight, as well as reduce inflammation, and ideally prevent avoidable back pain in the process.

Foods That May Help Back Pain

  • magnesium-rich foods like salmon, spinach, eggplant, and bananas
  • ginger
  • turmeric
  • black pepper (helps with absorption)
  • garlic
  • onions
  • olive oil
  • canned sardines
  • albacore white tuna and other fish
  • fennel (as a veggie)
  • almonds
  • pecans and other nuts
  • rosemary
  • basil
  • pomegranate
  • broccoli,
  • cauliflower
  • brussel sprouts
  • cabbage
  • organic cherries
  • rice
  • green leafy veggies
  • green tea

Foods to Avoid for Back Pain

  • foods high in saturated fat, such as bacon, sausage, and vegetable oils
  • processed foods (hot dogs, microwaveable meals, and snack bars high in sugar or high-fructose corn syrup)
  • soda (diet and regular)
  • margarine
  • vegetable shortening
  • trans fats
  • artificial sugars

Los Angeles Orthopedic Spine Surgeon

If you are suffering from chronic back pain, contact the Los Angeles Spine Group today at 310-321-4333 for an accurate diagnosis and minimally invasive, state of the art treatment options.

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