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.

Lumbar (lower back)

The The lumbar vertebrae are the largest segments of the movable part of the vertebral column and make up the last five bones on the lower back above the base of the spine (L1-L5).

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)
Sciatica (nerve to the posterior thigh and buttock, knee flexors, and foot muscles)
Scoliosis (a curving of the spine that causes a bowing of the back - usually the upper back)
Low Back Pain (Pain in the lumbar (waist) area of the back can be described as sharp, sudden, dull, or constant.)

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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.