Losing weight is not just a great way to get your body into shape—it’s also perfect for helping you manage and reduce your chronic pain and inflammation. Unfortunately, those suffering from chronic pain are at the highest risk of becoming overweight or obese, because of the restrictions that pain can put on diet and exercise. Here at Lean Healthy Life in Tucson, we know that weight loss can seem like an impossible goal for those bravely living with chronic pain; however, there is hope, and we’re committed to helping you achieve success in spite of any setbacks that life might throw at you. Keep reading to learn a little more about how chronic pain can influence your weight and what you can do about it.
Chronic Back Pain
Many people who have packed on a few extra pounds over the years might not even realize that their weight issues are also causing their chronic back pain. In fact, it is an issue among at least one third of Americans who are classified as obese. This correlation is pretty obvious—the extra weight causes stress on the bones and ligaments of the back, which in turn manifests as pain. In severe cases, being overweight can lead to sciatica (pain caused by the compression of your sciatic nerves) or even a herniated disc (a rupture in the material between each vertebrae).
Arthritis in the spine is also something to beware of. Since people with a BMI (Body Mass Index) of over 25 are the most likely to develop osteoarthritis, this is a real and painful risk for many Americans.
Thankfully, it is possible to reduce or even eliminate your pain. Since many of these chronic pains are weight-related, losing those extra pounds should resolve your issues. At Lean Healthy Life, you can speak to Dr. Eric Lane or one of our great specialists to determine if a weight loss program is right for managing your symptoms.
Over the years we have be able to help countless patients with their weight loss needs, and Dr. Lane’s methods have even caught the attention of some Hollywood stars, such as Chris Powell, trainer on ABC’s hit reality show Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition. Here’s what he had to say:
“Dr. Lane’s holistic approach to overall wellness is such a refreshing change from traditional weight loss treatment. His no-nonsense take on nutrition and the food industry is a wake up call to us all. But most of all, I love his underlying emphasis on empowering ourselves to pursue a better quality of life. Keep up the amazing work, Doc!”