Obesity can increase your risk of various health conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Did you know that low back pain is one of these possible complications?
Lower back pain and obesity are closely linked. Keep reading to learn more about this connection and how maintaining a healthy weight can protect you against chronic back pain.
How Obesity Contributes to Low Back Pain
Extensive clinical research has linked obesity to higher levels of low back pain and disability. But, why is this the case? The connection comes down to:
Increased Impact on the Spine
Extra weight increases the impact on the spinal bones, called vertebrae while sitting, standing, walking, and carrying out other day-to-day movements. This leads to more stress on the intervertebral discs, which cushion the spine. Over time, the discs may thin, bulge, or even rupture, leading to lower back pain.
Obesity can compromise your posture, causing a forward tilt in the pelvis and lower back. This pulls the spine out of its proper alignment and places strain on the lower back. In the long term, poor posture from obesity can contribute to low back pain from spinal nerve compression, disc degeneration, spinal stenosis, and other spinal conditions.
Obesity is known to increase inflammatory markers, which causes chronic low-grade inflammation throughout the body. This type of inflammation contributes to the development of chronic pain disorders, including low back pain.
While obesity can contribute to back pain in any area of the spine, lower back pain is the most common. This is because the lumbar spine is more flexible than the cervical or thoracic spine. It also must support more weight than the rest of the spine, which subjects it to greater impact.
Florida Wellness Medical Group is here to help free you from chronic lower back pain with multiple treatment options, from physical therapy and chiropractic care to massage therapy, acupuncture, and more. Schedule your appointment today!