Patients who have a back problem are encouraged to honestly evaluate their weight. Losing weight can help avoid back, hip and knee troubles - ask your doctor how.
While there is no research evidence to substantiate the claim that being overweight can cause back problems, physicians and patients agree that there is a relationship between the two. The following are five reasons why:
Measure your waist
Weight loss is recommended for women with a waist measurement of over 35-inches and men with a waist measurement of over 40-inches.
Evaluate your lifestyle
People that live a sedentary lifestyle are typically overweight. Specific behaviors/lifestyle choices that may cause weight gain include:
Watching an excessive amount of television and spending long hours on the computer may also play a role in weight gain.
Calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI)
BMI = Weight in kilograms/height in meters2
A BMI of over 30 is considered obese and a BMI between 25-29.9 is considered overweight. Muscular patients may have a high BMI, but not be considered overweight. A waist measurement may be used as the determining factor in such a situation.
Starting a diet and exercise routine is a quick, easy way to start losing weight to improve your back problem. If you are unable to exercise or if symptoms get worse when you exercise, an appointment with an orthopedic spine specialist should be made.