The Link Between Your Weight and Your Back Pain

If you’re suffering from back pain, you’re in good company. About 31 million Americans are experiencing back pain right now. Sometimes an injury or known health condition triggers back pain, while other times our lifestyle choices are the culprit. 

If you’re like the vast majority of Americans who are overweight or obese, it could be those extra pounds that are literally weighing on your spine. If you’re experiencing pain and need help reaching a healthy weight, our compassionate team of care providers at The Vanguard Clinic in St. Louis, Missouri can help.

How is my back pain affected by my weight?

When you’re overweight, the excess pounds pull your pelvis too far forward. Every extra pound adds excess strain to the back muscles and ligaments responsible for holding your spine in place. As a result, your spine can tilt and curve unnaturally. 

Recent studies support the connection between carrying excess weight and common back problems, including:

Researchers believe that, in addition to the mechanical strain extra weight places on the spine, excess fatty tissues also contribute to back pain. This means that people with higher body fat percentages are at increased risk for developing back pain.

Are there other ways my weight affects my health?

Carrying extra weight negative impacts areas of your health other than back pain too. Extra pounds put excess pressure on your joints, increasing your risk of developing arthritis. Being overweight also negatively affects your energy level, making it harder to stay active and exercise. The result? You have an increased risk of developing serious health conditions, including:

What can I do to lose weight and stop back pain?

Losing excess weight and maintaining a healthy BMI can help prevent or reverse back pain and stress on your other joints and bones. Even modest weight loss can make a big difference in the health of your back. For example, for every four pounds you lose, you alleviate about 16 pounds of pressure from your spine.

At The Vanguard Clinic, we want to help you look and feel your best in the new year and for years to come. That’s why we take into account multiple factors to create a personalized weight loss program for your unique needs, medical issues, lifestyle, and goals. We also offer customized treatment plans for chronic back pain

Our doctors first perform a comprehensive health evaluation and a genetic test to determine the best ratio of nutrients for your body. The evaluation also includes a determination of what types of exercise will best help you lose fat and gain muscle. 

Our healthy weight loss program is 100% customized for you, but common elements include:

In addition to looking and feeling better, you’ll experience many other benefits. Not only will you alleviate your back pain, but your self-confidence will also soar, you’ll experience increased energy, improved ability to take on your daily tasks, achieve better sleep, and more. 

Ready to lose those extra pounds and your back pain?

If you’re ready to start the new year without back pain, contact the wellness experts at The Vanguard Clinic. We offer a number of solutions for back pain and safe and effective medical weight loss. Call our St. Louis office at 314-320-0876 to schedule an appointment or book online now!

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