Here's What Happens to Your Spine When You Gain Weight

Obesity is a growing health crisis in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), up to 40% of American adults are considered obese. When you factor in the number of adults that are overweight but not considered obese, the figure jumps to over 70% of adults over the age of 20. There are a number of health risks associated with obesity and being overweight, from heart disease and diabetes to sleep apnea and cancer. 

Excessive weight also puts pressure on your spine and may increase your risk of back pain and other spine conditions. If you’re experiencing pain and need help reaching a healthy weight, our team of specialists at Wolmed Work and Auto Injury Experts with two convenient locations in Dallas and Denton, Texas, can help.

The connection between weight and your spine

According to data compiled by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) from a number of studies, there is some connection between being overweight and some common back problems, including:

Extra weight also puts additional pressure on your joints and can increase the risk of osteoarthritis. In addition to the strain on your joints, lower back, and muscles, being overweight can affect your energy levels, making it harder to exercise and enjoy a more active quality of life.

Tips for maintaining a healthy weight and lowering your risk of back pain

There are a number of factors that contribute to back pain and issues with your spine. Some of the secondary side effects of being overweight, like a sedentary lifestyle and anxiety and depression are also common factors in chronic back pain. But the good news is that there are a number of proactive steps that you can take to reach a healthy weight and lower your risk of back pain and spine problems. 

Get help with your weight loss

A medical weight loss program designed for your specific needs and lifestyle is the safest and most effective method to achieve long-term weight loss in a healthy way.

Don’t smoke

Smoking has been linked to a number of health issues, and your spine is no exception. Tobacco use restricts blood flow to your lumbar spine and can cause inflammation, increasing your risk of lower back pain and spine conditions, like spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal).

Stay active 

You don’t have to spend hours at the gym every day doing grueling exercises, but regular physical activity is necessary to maintain a healthy weight and lower your risk of other health problems. Whether you enjoy swimming laps in a pool or taking a brisk walk on your lunch break or after work, regular exercise along with a healthy diet is the best way to lose and keep off extra pounds.

We offer a number of solutions for back pain and safe and effective medical weight loss at our Dallas and Denton, Texas locations. For more information, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists.

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