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Weight and Back Pain/Problems
regcha posted:
I have a question,if you are dealing with lumbar spine problems and pain,is it a good idea to lose weight? Even if it's only 5-25 lobs?
georgia888 responded:
Absolutely yes, regcha! Additional weight is unhealthy in every way & especially for arthritic conditions and/or back problems. Extra weight on an arthritic joint is a much greater burden for the joint.

You will not only feel the difference in your back but I truly believe you will feel better in every way after shedding the pounds. Losing weight will also make it easier for you to move around, something that is essential for maintaining spine health.

Best of luck to you.

regcha replied to georgia888's response:
thank you for the reply. I am 5'6" and weigh 140. I wonder how much weight I can lose and remain healthy??I will do anything for relief!
bj1208 replied to regcha's response:
Hi and welcome to the support group -

I would see your primary care physician - he/she can give you a good diet to follow - your spine specialist and/or pain doc should be able to guide you with a good PT program.

hope this helps - keep us posted - Joy

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