Does my weight affect my back pain?
Excess weight obviously will play a role on the health and well being of each of us, and without question lugging around a lot of extra weight is going to add insult to injury when it comes to our backs!
If you are carrying around an extra 40 lbs. for example, that means you are carrying a 40 lb. barbell up and down the stairs all day long. Every time you get up to go somewhere you are taking that 40 lb. weight with you! You get the picture I’m sure, and all the extra weight is being carried by your heart, your lungs, your muscles, and so on. Trust me, your entire body will thank you if you can get back to a weight that promotes good health!
Each of us has an ideal weight that will allow our bodies to function at their highest possible level and unfortunately many of us are significantly overweight resulting in a great deal of added stress. The added stress of excess weight when we have lower back pain is a recipe for disaster.
I can hear you now saying what the heck can I do about it? Losing weight is everyone’s nightmare, but it doesn’t have to be! Many of the patients that we treat for persistent and chronic lower back and/or leg pain show up in the clinic with weight problems as well. The good news is that losing weight is incredibly easy when you follow a few simple rules.
Want to learn how? Get in touch with the clinic and attend one of our upcoming Nutrition and Low Back Pain workshops…. you’ll be glad you did!!
Dr. Jeffrey K. Tunick