Obesity and spinal stenosis

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 are often closely related. The spine supports much of the body’s weight, and overloading the spinal column can contribute to its degeneration through the years. Obesity is a major factor in the development of neck and back pain for millions of people in the U.S. and around the world.

Excessive weight can cause stress on all of the spine’s parts, such as the joints, vertebrae and spinal discs. Too much stress can cause a variety of neck and back problems that eventually can lead to spinal stenosis, or a narrowing of the spinal canal. This narrowing can lead to pressure on nerve roots and the spinal cord, causing chronic neck pain or back pain that radiates to other areas of the body, making it difficult to maintain an exercise regimen. The inability to exercise can then make it harder to maintain a healthy weight, creating a downward health spiral.

The surgeons at Laser Spine Institute are here to help you find relief from neck and back pain. Our minimally invasive, outpatient procedures can relieve symptoms associated with spinal stenosis, with less risk and a much shorter recovery time^ than traditional open back surgery*. Here are just a few of the many conditions we can treat at Laser Spine Institute:

  • Herniated discs
  • Bulging discs
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Facet disease
  • Bone spurs

At Laser Spine Institute, we offer both minimally invasive decompression (MID) and minimally invasive stabilization (MIS) procedures that are often the clinically appropriate first choice compared to open neck or back surgery.

The decreased risk of developing spinal stenosis is just one of many reasons to maintain a healthy weight. Talk to your physician for advice on developing a diet and exercise regimen that will be effective in helping you keep a healthy weight. You should also contact your physician about neck or back pain that lasts more than a few days. Your physician will probably first prescribe a conservative treatment plan, which may include medication, physical therapy and exercise. Should your physician suggest surgery as an option, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn more about our minimally invasive, outpatient procedures and for a no-cost review* of your MRI report. We will let you know if you are a candidate for our procedures.

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