Back Pain Weighing you Down?
Dr. Rey Bosita, Orthopedic Spine Surgeon at Texas Back Institute weights in on weight gain and back pain.
Could extra weight be to blame for your back pain? According to a study published by the American Obesity Association, probably so. The same study found nearly one-third of Americans are severely overweight or obese, and suffer from musculoskeletal (specifically back) pain. Individuals with excess weight in their stomachs may experience back pain as a result of the excess weight pulling the pelvis forward and straining the lower back.
With warmer weather on the horizon, why not make a plan to get outside and get some exercise? Here are a few examples of things you can do outdoors to get yourself looking and feeling better in no time.
- Take a swim. With the weather getting warmer swimming is great cardiovascular exercise and easy on the joints.
- Take the dog for a walk, at a moderate pace
- Toss the football or baseball with the kids
- Go for a bike ride
- Go on a family outing to the zoo, arboretum or aquarium. Take the whole family!
Losing weight will not only do wonders for your waistline, but may also help alleviate back pain.
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