Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Can losing weight help to heal a bad back?

Patients that are overweight may not be aware that their weight is actually contributing to their back problems. Although we do not know exactly why weight contributes to back pain, studies have shown that it does and that people who are overweight are more at risk than those who are not.

Those who are severely overweight may have problems with breathing and shortness of breath during periods of exercise which can lead to an avoidance of exercise. One of the greatest causes of back pain is a lack of exercise and so the link between excess weight and back pain is proven once more.

For those who are overweight there is additional strain on the muscles and ligaments in the back, to compensate for the extra weight the spine can become tilted and the back may lose its proper support. More seriously for those with a BMI over 25 there is a risk of developing osteoarthritis or put more simply arthritis of the spine of which one of the recommended treatments is weight loss.

So while we appreciate that we all come in different shapes and sizes simply shaving off a few extra pounds could make all the difference to your back pain dilemmas. 

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