Back pain is a common condition that affects most people at some point in their lifetime. It could be caused by sleeping in the wrong position, having bad posture, or even by having a minor injury. In most cases, back pain isn’t anything to worry about, and it gets better by itself within a few weeks or months. But in some cases, back pain can be acute, recurrent or chronic and can appear anywhere along the spine. Back pain is generally caused by the degeneration of the spine.
Sometimes lower back pain is not a specific condition, but a symptom of something else. It is more common in women than men and being overweight is one of the reasons. Dr. Tapas Chatterjee elaborated. “Interventions that restore connective tissue mobility and muscle function may be important to prevent long-term damage to vulnerable structures such as joints and inter vertebral discs.” Low back pain associated with leg pain is particularly a more serious issue and signifies that the nerve roots are being compressed either by ostrophytes or a prolapsed disc. If left unattended it can lead to numbness and finally weakness of the leg. “Obesity is the major cause and contributor to lower back pain; when a person is obese, any added weight in the midsection shifts the pelvis forward and causes the spine to curve excessively inward” explains Dr. Chatterjee.
While some researchers claim that obesity is a weak risk factor for low back pain, it does seem reasonable to suggest that obesity places undue stress on the pelvis, back, and spine—triggering the development of chronic back pain. And losing just a few kilos could help to prevent the condition.