Encouraging overweight patients to drop some pounds may significantly alleviate low-back pain, according to a new study.
The analysis pooled data on 30,102 men and 33,866 women. The participants “gave information on body mass index and indicated whether they suffered from chronic low-back pain.” In total, 6,293 men (20.9%) and 8,923 women (26.3%) experienced chronic low-back pain (CLBP).
A significant link was found between high body mass index and low-back pain. The association was stronger in women. “Additional adjustment for education, smoking status, leisure time physical activity, employment status, and activity at work hardly affected these associations.”
Spine – April 1, 2010;35:764-68.