Low back pain is one of the common problems in individuals with severe and morbid obesity. It is not life threatening, but is a common cause of work related disability and absence.
Excess weight adds additional burden on the weight bearing joints such as lumbar spine and knees. This results in or worsens low back pain and knee joint pains. Fat accumulation in the tummy leads to stretching and weakening of abdominal muscles. To maintain balance individuals adapt to a backward curved posture (Exaggerated lumbar lordosis).
Bariatric surgery is the most effective intervention to induce long lasting weight loss. Studies have shown that weight loss after bariatric surgeries significantly decrease severity of low back pain. And in some patients there will be resolution of severity and disability associated with low back pain. There will be significant increase in work productivity after bariatric surgery because of improvement in low back pain.
Pain scores significantly improve, there will be a significant symptomatic relief of pain of the head, neck, shoulder, low back, and knee. There will also be a decrease in pain on physical movement during sports and work- related activities, reduced usage of pain killers, and an increase in quality of life.
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Dr. AMAR VENNAPUSA
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Dr. Amar Bariatric & Metabolic Center,