A new study out of Norway has recently demonstrated that having a high body mass index (BMI) is a risk factor for chronic low back pain. The study included over 25,000 patients and followed them for 11 years. Considering that two thirds of the American population is either overweight or obese, this is a very interesting finding.
The study found that with a large number of patients – being overweight or obese predisposes the patient to chronic low back pain. It was unknown previously which problem came first as it was sort of a “chicken or egg” phenomenon.
The study looked at over 11,000 men and 14,000 women between the ages of 30 and 60. None of the patients had considerable low back pain prior to the start of the study.
Significant associations were seen between high body mass index and the risk of low back pain in both men and women.
In addition, women showed a high predilection for recurrent low back pain when high BMI was present. Researchers found that the opposite problem did not occur. That would have been that low back pain was a significant factor for increasing weight. There was no statistical association between that order of events.
The researchers were also able to look at risk factors including smoking, work status, blood pressure age, education and physical activity. We’ve known from numerous studies that there is no association between obesity and low back.
For instance, an extremely large study out of Stony Brook University last year showed that there was an association between the two along with depression as well. But what was not known was which came first, and now we know that it is the weight gain that precedes the development of pain.
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