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How a person’s overall health and well being is linked to maintaining a healthy weight has long been documented in a variety of medical studies here and abroad. Following a poor diet and having excess weight have shown significant increased risks of diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, and strokes.

In addition to these serious illnesses, obesity can also play a role in back pain. The excess weight adds pressure and strain to the spine, leading to chronic back pain and even damage to the spine and discs. The American Obesity Association even reported that almost one third of obese Americans develop some form of back and musculoskeletal pain. These people are also more likely to have quality of life issues and disabilities, such as the inability to perform daily or recreational activities.

An overweight person is like an overloaded car. The extra strain causes it to become damaged over time. Every extra pound adds strain to the back’s muscles, discs, and ligaments. Excess weight can also cause the following spinal conditions:

  • Pinched nerves – This occurs when the nerves move into spaces between the spine’s vertebrae.
  • Sciatica and herniated discs – This occurs when discs get damaged as they are forced to compensate for the added weight and pressure on the back.
  • Osteoarthritis – The added weight and pressure on the joints can worsen arthritis and related pain.

Are you currently overweight? Make sure to go to a board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon if you’re worried about developing back pain or spine condition. Spine Center of Texas can help provide you with the right information and suggest several treatment options, such as minimally invasive spine surgery.

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