OBESITY UPS RISK OF CHRONIC LOW BACK PAIN

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.”

Source:
Spine – April 1, 2010;35:764-68.
www.spinejournal.com

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