The undeniable connection between obesity and chronic pain is substantially problematic. As one of America’s greatest public health problems, physical disability in older adults is greatly exacerbated by excess weight. According to research, approximately 37 percent of men and 34 percent of women over the age of 60 are obese. Physical limitations from obesity lead to a lower quality of life, higher mortality rate, and higher healthcare costs among many other setbacks.
At American Spine, we believe in a holistic approach to pain care, focusing on improving overall health of our patients. If obesity is relevant in a patient’s chronic pain condition, resources and treatments will be offered to address reducing weight to simultaneously reduce chronic pain. With four locations in California, American Spine is the leading pain management facility in the entire west coast.
Many studies demonstrate the link between obesity and future complications of chronic pain disability. According to these studies, obesity can lead to diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease, and osteoarthritis. Obesity can also cause mobility difficulties from biomechanical stresses. Another adverse effect of obesity and physical function is widespread pain. When pain is a significant factor to obesity and disability, pain management techniques may be viable options for mitigating the problem.
Diet and exercise are undoubtedly recommended for people who are overweight and who experience chronic pain. Exercise not only helps people lose weight, but also increases basal metabolic rate; assisting the body in processing food faster and helping you feel full longer. Exercise is no easy feat, especially for people who are overweight and have probably not exercised for years. It is imperative to discuss regiments and options with your pain specialist so realistic expectations can be made in order to improve the likelihood of treatment success.
We typically encourage out patients to exercise at least 30 minutes a day for three days a week to start. We expect the intensity of your exercise to increase as you become more comfortable with your new workout regiment. It is also important that your diet matches your exercise levels. We want to ensure that patients are receiving the correct levels of vitamins and nutrients in necessary fruits, vegetables, proteins, and meats.
If you are overweight and living with chronic pain, contact Dr. Sial, Dr. Kelling, or Dr. Fisher to learn how you can lose weight and relieve pain for a happier and healthier life!
At American Spine, we are dedicated to treating chronic pain and spine conditions. Offering the latest in minimally invasive spine surgery and other effective treatment options, American Spine is the leading pain physician group of California. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (951)-734-PAIN (7246).
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