Low Back Pain is on the Rise: Obesity named #1 culprit
With obesity on the rise, back pain is at an all time high. Many back pain sufferers may be unaware that back pain may be directly related to weight. Overweight individuals are at a much greater risk for developing all types of joint pain and problems; back pain being at the top of the list. Studies have now shown that one in nine people have some sort of back pain. An astounding 80% of ALL adults complain of back problems on occasion. And the numbers continue to grow as childhood obesity increases as well. Children who are overweight become twice as likely to develop early signs of back problems and disc disease. Carrying around extra pounds places extra pressure on the spine, tiring the muscles and places extra pressure on the vertebrae. This can also throw off the spine’s natural alignment, leading to chronic lower back pain. Abdominal fat can especially cause added spinal pressure as the extra weight pulls the pelvis forward. There are several reasons to consider shedding some pounds to keep back pain at bay.
Back pain is EXPENSIVE. Taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatories like Ibuprofen or muscle relaxants or even more serious pain relievers costs money. And the more chronic and severe the back pain, the more expensive the medication or medical insurance needed to cover it. Frequent doctor visits, diagnostic testing, and alternative medical treatments, such as acupuncture, can also add to costs. Many patients with conditions related to back pain also require some form of surgery at some point down the road.
Back pain also INTERRUPTS LIFE. Chronic back pain makes it difficult to enjoy even the smallest of daily tasks. Many back pain sufferers are unable to take part in activities that they once enjoyed. Back pain may also often interfere with the ability to work or make it difficult to keep a steady job or even complete jobs that require extensive physical labor. Back pain is one of the leading causes of disability, and many come to find that many areas of life are affected.
Back pain CAN GET WORSE. Because of their limited ability to move without pain or discomfort, many back pain sufferers find that they lead a more sedentary lifestyle. This lack of movement continues to keep core and back muscles weak. This consistent, inactive routine can make back problems worse and often leads to more weight gain.
According to a new study of close to 2600 men and women, those who were overweight increased their risk for degenerative disk disease anywhere from30-70%. Degenerative disk disease leads to ruptured or slipped discs which places added pressure on the spinal nerves ultimately causing numbness, tingling and weakness in the legs as well as severe back pain. Overweight patients may also experience back problems such as sciatica from herniated discs, piriforis syndrome and pinched nerves, and even arthritis.
There can, of course, be many other causes of back pain. However increased weight and extra pressure on the spine may be the root to many problems associated with back trouble. Simply losing weight may be the easiest answer and, ironically, the most overlooked option. Losing even a mere 4 pounds has shown to take up to 16 pounds of pressure off of the spine. For individuals with severe back problems who aspire to lose weight, starting an exercise regimen may seem impossible. Using a fast and effective weight loss program, like the HCG diet, that doesn’t require exercise, may be a great option to consider. The HCG diet protocol, developed by Dr. A.T.W. Simeons, uses human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) to make fat stores available for use as energy. This fat utilization suppresses appetite and makes it possible to lose weight quickly as well as stimulate the metabolism without an added, demanding workout program. Dropping a few pounds may be the solution to ending back pain for good.