The relationship between maintaining a healthy weight, and a person’s overall health and general well being has been well documented and researched in recent years. Genetic and environmental factors not withstanding, everything from heart disease and cancer, to diabetes can result from poor diet and excess weight, in many cases.
How Excess Weight and Obesity Can Lead to Back Pain
In addition to potentially playing a role in the development of serious illnesses, excess weight and obesity can add pressure and strain on the spine that often leads to chronic back pain, and damage to the discs and spine in some cases.
In fact, the American Obesity Association reports that as many as one third of Americans suffering from obesity report some form of back and musculoskeletal pain. They are also more likely to struggle with disability and quality of life issues, such as the inability to perform and complete daily, as well as recreational, activities (more so than patients suffering from other chronic conditions).
Too much weight on the body applies pressure on the back, discs, and spine in much the same way that overloading a car can eventually strain and damage the tires over time. Every extra pound can add strain to the muscles, discs, and ligaments in the back.
Common Spine Conditions That Can Result From Excess Weight
Pinched nerve – Extra weight can add pressure and cause nerves to move into a space between vertebrae in the spine.
Sciatica and Herniated Disc – Discs can become damaged when forced to compensate for added weight and pressure on the back.
Osteoarthritis – Extra weight and pressure on the joints can exacerbate arthritis and increase pain.
Are you worried about your risk of developing back pain or a spine condition like osteoarthritis or sciatica?
Contact a Board-Certified Orthopedic Spine Surgeon in Los Angeles Today
If you are suffering from back pain or need a second opinion, Dr. Sanjay Khurana and the experts at Los Angeles Spine Group can help. For more information on minimally invasive spine surgery procedures and treatment options, call 310.321.4333 today schedule an appointment, or make an appointment online.
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