An 11 year study recently completed showed that being overweight or obese are predisposing factors for the development of chronic low back pain. The study was revelation in that those who developed low back pain did not have the presence of the pain at the beginning of the study. This means the extra weight lead to the back pain, which is a breakthrough finding.
The researchers out of Norway were able to show definitively that a high body mass index was a risk factor for low back pain. They had a very high number of participants, over 25,000, and were able to use statistical analysis to rule out other risk factors.
The study population was extremely large and had over 14,000 women in over 11,000 men aged 30 to 70 years old. The risk factors that were also looked at included age, smoking, blood pressure, work status, education and physical activity. Not only was there a strong correlation between high body mass index and low back pain, there was also a correlation between recurrent low back pain among women.
In previous studies, it was unclear which problem came first. It could’ve been either low back pain causing a person to develop a high body mass index or vice versa. By studying such a large amount of patients for over a decade, they were able to definitively show that it is in fact the high body mass index that leads to low back pain and the recurrence of that pain.
If you are suffering from low back pain, let Arizona Pain Specialists help you. The Phoenix pain clinics offer comprehensive treatment including medication management, interventional pain management, acupuncture, chiropractic, spinal decompression therapy, physical rehabilitation and more. Over 50 insurance plans are accepted.
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