There are several factors that can put you at risk for a bulging disc, and it is believed that being overweight is one of them. First, while it’s true that spinal disc problems are a natural part of aging, being overweight puts extra strain on your back, and this strain could cause spinal discs to break down at an earlier age. Second, being overweight could be a sign that you’re not exercising regularly. Ideally, your spinal column needs the support of strong, flexible muscles, but a lack of exercise leads to weaker and stiffer muscles, leaving your back vulnerable to injuries like a bulging disc.
Maintaining a healthy weight and exercising regularly, therefore, could help you avoid back pain in general, and particularly lower back pain caused by a lumbar bulging disc or herniated disc. Other lifestyle changes that might help you avoid back pain include:
- Learning and using proper techniques for lifting heavy objects
- Eating a healthy diet with plenty of nutrition to support a healthy spine
- Quitting smoking
- Wearing proper shoes and other protective gear when exercising or participating in sports
While some lifestyle changes might help you avoid bulging disc causes, it is normal for your spinal column to degenerate after decades of supporting you as you sit, stand, walk, run, twist, lift and so on.
Just remember that your spine is designed to carry around a certain amount of weight, and any extra burden on your spine could lead to pain and injury in your neck and back.
If you have been diagnosed with a bulging disc, herniated disc, spinal arthritis, or other chronic spinal condition, please contact Laser Spine Institute for information about our minimally invasive procedures that can help address your pain and give you your life back.