Obesity and overweight: main causes of herniated discs

Centro de la columna Vertebral: March 19, 2019

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Obesity and overweight: main causes of herniated discs

Obesity and overweight are the main causes of herniated discs, but they are not the only ones. Although the appearance of this condition is a multi-factorial issue, the general medical agreement is that the increased pressure caused to the structures of the spine by the overweight is a determining factor. Here we tell you more about this topic.

The relationship between obesity and progressive chronic low back pain is mainly explained by the stress that obesity exerts on the dorsal and lumbar spine.

Overweight effects on the spine

In everyday life, activities such as hyperextension, bending, postural changes, and weight lifting take the torso out of its neutral position and repeatedly increase the loads on the spine.

Overweight and obesity have two negative effects on the spine: they increase the amount of weight it must support and, in the long term, can alter its anatomical function precisely because of the time it spends outside its natural position.

Obesity and overweight can cause a variety of spinal conditions: from muscle overload to herniated disc, which is medically defined as the protrusion of the intervertebral disc's pulpy nucleus.

The common denominator of all these problems is pain, which can be acute and sudden and develop to the point of preventing the development of normal activities of the person affected.

Prevention: the best medicine

To maintain a healthy back and, in general, good health, it is important to maintain an adequate weight. By itself, this can prevent the appearance of a herniated disc or minimize its effects on the body.

Furthermore, a sedentary lifestyle is associated with poor spinal position, which favors the development of low back pain, and to avoid this, it is recommended that low impact exercises be performed to reduce the risk of low back pain.

Recommended measures include: postural hygiene (the correct way to sit, carry heavy objects, sleep or drive) as well as basic conditioning and mobility exercises.

What to do if you already have symptoms?

If you already have pain in your back, especially in the lumbar (lower) area, and it is persistent, you may be developing (or already be suffering) from a herniated disc. The only way to determine if this is the case is through imaging studies and medical consultation with a specialist. It's important that you get medical attention as soon as possible.

Visit the CCV for an assessment appointment

At the Centro de la Columna Vertebral we have an innovative non-surgical treatment for herniated discs. Furthermore, we have nutritional counseling for weight control, which is very important in both treatment and long-term recovery. Come to your nearest clinic to begin a plan tailored to your condition and needs.

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“The information contained in this blog is of an informative nature; it seeks to promote good health habits in the population and by no means replaces medical consultation. Content reviewed and corrected by Dr. Armando Acevedo Mendez, orthopedics and traumatology specialist. Professional license: 602691.”

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