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Low-back pain and sciatica are common among people who are overweight, and a new study shows that losing weight can significantly reduce pain in those patients. Research shows that having a high BMI can slow your rate of recovery from low-back pain and increase your risk of common causes of sciatica like lumbar disc degeneration.Decreased space between the spinal discs can lead to nerve impingement and sciatic pain.
This new study included 30 patients who had undergone bariatric surgery. As patients lost weight, the space between the discs in the lumbar spine increased, easing pressure on irritated nerves. Patients also experienced a significant reduction in low-back pain and radiating leg pain.
For patients concerned with the potential costs and risk of surgery, non-invasive weight loss could be a viable option. A new literature review concluded that exercise and physical therapy can significantly reduce back pain in overweight patients without the risks of surgery.
A chiropractor can create a natural treatment plan for back pain that includes exercise, nutritional counseling, chiropractic adjustments, and more.
To learn more about natural back pain and sciatica relief, call our office today.
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