For 25 years I have always told people that patient's of all sizes get back pain. I have also said it doesn't hurt to lose a little weight, doing this is the difficult part.
A study that came out in January 2018 that has concluded that back pain can be eased with just a simple 10% weight loss. It has also been concluded that the weight loss will reduce abdominal pain, chest pain, knee pain, etc.
I will continue to tell people that all size patients get back pain, but there is data to prove that weight loss can help reduce their back pain. So for now I will continue to instruct patients to exercise and strengthen their core and spine. I will also tell people to get regular chiropractic adjustments to keep their spine mobile and reduce the chance of degenerative joint disease. I will give them copies of this recent study from the The Journal of Pain that proves that weight loss helps to reduce back pain.
Now for the hard part losing weight. Often I find patients struggle to lose weight, myself included. They will tell me that they are only eating 1500 to 1600 calories a day, yet they don't feel like they're losing weight. In typical fashion they give up and often binge eat. I think it's most important that a patient knows his BMR, this is your basal metabolic rate. Figure your out your BMR now.
Google search "BMR" calculator, this will quickly give you the amount of calories it takes for you to stay at the weight you are today. If you have a low BMR such as 1200 or 1400 calories a day, you will struggle to lose weight on a 1500 calorie a day diet.
It is important to try to move to more low glycemic index style diet. This reduces the amount of sugar in your body and sugar is addictive and causes inflammation. Patients will be flabbergasted how much better they feel when they go on a low glycemic diet. Examples of these diets are the ketogenic diet, Atkins diet, South Beach diet, and the Gerson diet. Dr's get rave reviews for just putting patient's on a low glycemic diet or even a gluten free diet.
If you live in St. Louis the doctors at Washington University have a Medi-Cal diet that works wonders. It is a very low glycemic diet the patient sustains themselves on protein drinks and sugar free Jell-O. The diet works my brothers lost a lot of weight on this he also manages his diabetes very well.
In closing we Moreland chiropractic clinic are always here to help give you advice on your back pain, get to adjusted and get you back to life. If you enjoy golf you should let back pain interfere with coffee. If you like playing with your grandchildren you should like back pain interfere with that activity either.
Chiropractic care works wonders for back pain. Give us a call at Moreland chiropractic. 364-8086.
I have instructed patients that both overweight patients, skinny patients and medium-size patients get back pain. So I've told patients that are overweight to not get themselves down about being overweight and having problems.
I still contend that most back problems in modern society are caused from sitting and not exercising. The modern workplace requires a sedentary job often even large companies like the distribution center require the workers to ride around on forklifts all day.