Obesity And Spine Care by Physiotherapist Mahima Khandelwal

Understanding Obesity And Spine Care

Obesity and Spine Care

Hello, my name is Mahima Khandelwal, I am a physiotherapist at Anssi Wellness Center. today I am going to be talking about Obesity and Spinecare. Obesity is a condition in which a person has a high amount of body fat. It is defined as a BMI of 30 or higher

obesity and spine care

Body Mass Index

 Body mass index is a measure of body fat based on height & weight. obesity is a major health risk factor for a number of diseases & conditions including spinal problems. This is because excess weight puts excess weight on the spine leading to pain, inflammation & degeneration.

Obese people are more like to develop certain spine conditions, such as intervertibral disc degeneration. this is a condition in which the discs that cushion the vertebrae in the spine break down over time, this can lead to pain, numbness & weakness.

Spinal Stenosis

spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal which can put pressure on the spinal cord & nerves, this can lead to pain, numbness & weakness in the legs & feet. Spondylolisthesis is a condition in which one vertebra slips out of place over another, this can lead to pain, numbness & weakness in the back & legs.

Facet joint syndrome

facet joint syndrome is the arthritis of the facet joints, which are the small joints that connect the vertebrae. in addition to increasing the risk of spinal problems obesity can also make it more difficult to treat these conditions, for example,  obsessed people may have more difficulty losing weight after spinal surgery, which can slow down the healing process, so in order to reduce the risk of developing these conditions & to improve the outcome of the treatment. it is important to manage obesity in spinal problems.

Now what can obsessed patients do to protect their spine? the best way to protect your spine is to maintain a healthy weight, if you are obsessed, losing even a small amount of weight can make a big difference | Obesity and Spine Care

 In addition to losing weight, there are a number of things that you can do to protect your spine. Such as

1- Maintain good posture, stand & sit up straight with your shoulders back & your head held high,

2- Avoid lifting objects, if you must lift something heavy, bend at the knees and keep your back straight.

3- Eat a healthy diet that is low in processed food and high in fruits vegetables & whole grains.

4- Exercise regularly, as exercise helps to strengthen the muscles that support the spine.

5- Use of supportive mattresses and pillows your mattresses & pillows should provide good support to your spine & neck. Thank you

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