Obesity linked to chronic back pain
An 11 year study from Norway revealed that low back pain is directly linked to being overweight or obese. It also demonstrated that obesity was directly linked to recurring low back pain and pain lasting longer than 3 months. It would seem intuitive that obesity could lead to back pain but this is the first study that has looked at large populations of people and has taken account for other risk factors for low back pain and adjusted for them in the study. The study looked at men ands women accounting for age, educational level, work status, physical activity, smoking, blood pressure, and lipid levels. The significance of this study is that it clearly demonstrates that obesity precedes back pain and not the other way around. The take home message here is that management of our weight is vital to prevent back pain along with a host of other diseases linked to obesity.
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