Prescriptive weight loss for back and neck problems

Just as obesity damages knee and hip joints and requires thousands of Americans to explore artificial joint replacement at a much earlier age, being obese can increase the incidence of back pain, neck pain and even herniate discs by placing excessive weight on the spine.

Excess belly fat can cause the pelvis and lower back to slant forward. This creates a permanent and round arch in the back, which causes back pain. Some studies note that obese individuals are 30% more likely to experience back pain.

Aside from back pain, obesity causes a host of negative health issues, from negative impact on the heart to diabetes, all of which shortens the person’s lifespan.

Aside from self-administered diets, the person wanting to lose excess weight is often on their own in the weight-loss challenge. A physician who is specialized in weight loss can tilt the odds in a person’s favor. In addition to prescription weight loss drugs, like Ozempic, that increase the body’s metabolism, while decreasing appetite, the weight loss physician specialist can provide other prescriptive weight loss options specific to a person’s needs.

Spine Physicians Institute treats back pain, neck pain, herniated discs, stenosis and other spine problems. Patients come to the spine center from across the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Dr. Sethuraman is one of few Mayo Clinic fellowship-trained spine surgeons in the North Texas area. A fellowship is the highest level of medical education in the U.S.

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