Obesity & Chronic Pain

Obesity & Chronic Pain

Obesity is a constant problem in the United States, with an increasing rate of adult Americans being overweight. From 1994 to 2008, the number of Americans that are considered obese increased 11 percent, with an estimated 10 percent of adults worldwide considered obese, according to The World Health Organization. Risk factors to various chronic illnesses are indefinitely heightened as body weight increases, including coronary artery disease, diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, and other forms of chronic pain.

At American Spine,Dr. Sial, Dr. Kelling, and Dr. Fisher are all board certified pain specialists and fellowship trained from the most elite schools across the country. With the best interventional pain management services and minimally invasive surgeries available, American Spine is the leading pain management facility not only in California, but on the entire west coast.

Our physicians do extensive research into a patient’s condition to identify the root cause of his or her pain and pinpoint lifestyle choices that could exacerbate the symptoms. Chronic pain and obesity are indefinitely connected, as ongoing research continues to showcase. According to a Swedish study on obesity and chronic pain, people who are overweight are up to 2.4 times likely to get sick than people of normal weight.

Chronic pain symptoms are commonly associated with inflammation and swelling, putting pressure on various places in the body that could heighten pain sensitivity. Obesity greatly increases the risk of headaches, nerve pain, fibromyalgia, musculoskeletal pain, and postsurgical pain for example.

It is not just physical burdens that an obese person experiences with chronic pain. Obesity often promotes emotional stress. Most chronic pain treatment requires the treatment of the patient’s emotional state of mind. He or she will likely need a support system to improve the outcome of treatment. Being overweight adds more pressure and hurdles to this feat, often prolonging treatment.

At American Spine, our physicians treat every aspect of a person’s health that contributes to their painful condition. Diet modifications, lifestyle choices, and emotional well being are only three of many outside factors that contribute to pain. If you are overweight and live with chronic and recurrent pain, consult with the professionals at American Spine at any of our four California locations.

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).

The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.

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