Friday, June 10, 2005

Survey Finds Obesity Causing Rapid Increase In Back Pain Patients

This Forbes magazine story is about a major problem that people who are overweight or obese have to suffer with on a nearly daily basis and is a real pain in the neck ... er, uh, I mean, pain in the back!

A new survey conducted by the North American Spine Society (NASS) found that there has been a rapid increase in the number of Americans who have some form of back pain caused by their excessive weight.

According to U.S. spine care professionals, the number of obese patients being treated for spine-related ailments has increase by 67 percent since 2000.

When asked to name the major reason for the back pain, a staggering 87 percent of the spine care professionals surveyed said their patient's obesity and 94 percent of them recommend their patients begin immediate weight loss treatment to relieve their pain.

If their patients would lose weight, then 55 percent of spine care professionals responded in the survey that they believe their obese patients would see major improvements in the pain experienced.

As someone who has seen his fair share of chiropractors in his lifetime, I can personally attest to the reality that back pain is when you are overweight or obese. It can have an effect on your entire life because the pain can become so unbearable. What is most amazing is how we ignore our part in causing the back pain when we don't do something about our weight problem.

Since I started my low-carb lifestyle and lost 180 pounds, I have seen my back pain virtually disappear completely. Also, since I exercise every single day, including several back-strengthening exercises a couple of time each week, I have never felt this good in my entire life. Getting rid of that gut was the best thing I could have done to alleviate my back pain. I'm so glad that I did.

NASS is kicking off a patient education program to help people understand the correlation between obesity and back pain in a campaign called "Take a Load Off Your Back," which is hoping to reach those 60 million Americans who suffer from obesity.

A lifestyle change is highly recommended by NASS, including a "healthier diet and getting regular exercise," to relieve the pressure on the spine.

The American Physical Therapy Association recommends some excellent advice about how to take care of your back and says it is vitally important to "control your weight."

Their web site states: "Being overweight, especially if you have a "pot belly", puts added stress on your lower back."

What better way to start taking care of that today than by livin' la vida low-carb!


Blogger backcare said...

Thank you for your very good site! Back pain is the largest single reported cause of absence from work and leading cause of disability in UK,There are same problem in China.
China Charity Federation (CCF) launched a program to help children with curvature of the spine. Curvature of the spine, or scoliosis, may lead to chronic back pain and pinch internal organs such as the lungs or create an too-large cavity for the heart to fill. This program, a joint effort by the CCF, an orthopedic company and several hospitals, aims to help more than 100 children who suffer from scoliosis in 2006, with a budget between 5 million yuan (625,000 US dollars) to 7 million yuan (875,000 US dollars)

There are many charity hospitals offering free treatment for scoliosis children in UK and west country, but none in China.

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