Patient Heal Thyself

by Dr. John Roberts V, MD 13. June 2014 08:53

Dr. John Roberts

The supersizing of America is no laughing matter. In fact, nothing is as sobering as when one sees their true Body Mass Index (BMI) written down in their medical record. As a spine surgeon, I believe obesity may now be the single greatest causative factor in the chronic back pain that bothers so many Americans. It is a common story: 'I work too many hours to exercise when I get home, don’t have time to cook a good meal, and  somehow… the weight just piled on.' Obesity is at the very root of the problem. The human skeleton and supporting structures aren’t strong enough to carry the three and four hundred pound loads we, as Americans, have loaded onto our frames. In fact, the cartilaginous discs we all have between our lumbar vertebrae are virtually inert due to the absence of an internal blood supply. Consequently, our discs have a finite life span and once you go over that limit, you are left with a collapsed disc and a very painful situation. Studies show that fully 40% of all back pain suffers can eliminate their problem through weight loss alone if they can get the weight off before the damage is done. If the damage has been done, you are between a rock and a hard place because obese patients do not usually obtain good results from corrective spine surgery. My advice is simple: skip the donuts and fast food, find time to exercise. An elliptical stair climber or an aquatic program is a good place to start. Set up a schedule and weigh yourself daily. Otherwise, you might end up with pain that controls your every moment.

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5/20/2015 11:33:44 AM #

An interesting discussion is worth comment. I think that you should write more on this topic, it might not be a taboo subject but generally people are not enough to speak on such topics. To the next. Cheers

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