Just as people who struggle to maintain a healthy weight might be more susceptible to serious health problems such as hypertension and heart disease, obesity and spinal stenosis often are closely related. The spine supports much of the body’s weight, and overloading the spinal column can contribute to its degeneration through the years. This is a major factor in the development of back and neck pain for millions of people in the US and around the world.
Excessive weight can cause stress on all of the spine’s components such as the facet joints, vertebrae, intervertebral discs, ligaments, and so on. Too much stress can cause a variety of neck and back problems which eventually can lead to spinal stenosis, or a narrowing of the spinal canal. This narrowing can press on nerve roots and the spinal cord, causing chronic back or neck pain that radiates to other areas of the body, making it difficult to maintain an exercise regimen. The inability to exercise, in turn, can inhibit your ability to maintain a healthy weight. And so the cycle continues.
Fortunately, the medical professionals at Laser Spine Institute (LSI) are here to help you rediscover a life without pain. Our minimally invasive, outpatient procedures for the alleviation of spinal stenosis are less risky and require a much shorter recovery time than traditional open-back surgery. Among the conditions successfully treated at LSI are:
- Herniated discs
- Bulging discs
- Degenerative disc disease
- Facet disease
- Bone spurs
You should contact your physician if you experience back or neck pain, especially if it becomes chronic. Should your physician suggest surgery as an option, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn more about our revolutionary endoscopic procedures and for a free review of your MRI or CT scan.