Health Facts

Back pain is often caused by obesity

Most people know that obesity contributes to the development of various diseases. However, did you know that obesity is a contributing factor to back pain? It is true. Being overweight or obese can significantly contribute to  osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, and spondylolisthesis.

Cervical (neck) Overview

Cervical vertebrae (Vertebrae cervicales) are the smallest of the true vertebrae and make up the first seven bones of the spinal cord: (C1-C7), and the spinal cord and the nerve roots (C1-C8).

Choose a Condition for Information:
  • Herniated Disc (a common cause of leg and back pain)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease (a condition leading to irritation, inflammation, fatigue, muscle spasms, and back pain)
  • Myelopathy (symptoms can include neck pain, problems with balance, numbness in the hands and fingertips, and difficulty with fine movements like buttoning a shirt)
  • Kyphosis (a curving of the spine that causes a bowing of the back - usually the upper back)

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The Spine Institute is often in the news pioneering new treatments to help the reported 34 million Americans 18 years and older who suffer lower back pain, and another 9 million who suffer neck pain. Watch the news coverage here.