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Can obesity make spondylolysis or spondylolisthesis worse?

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Dr. Robert Kwok answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Yes: A person's spine takes on a lot of stress when he carries a heavy backpack or gains 50-100 pounds in weight. Obesity can worsen spine problems such as spondylolysis or spondylolisthesis. Being extremely heavy can make the bones in the spine move a bit farther out of their normal positions. Back pains and other complications may occur.

Answered 5/14/2013


Dr. Thomas Dowling answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Spine Surgery

It can aggravate : Symptoms as there is an increased ratecof disc degeneration in obese patients cbesides having this instability issue of the lower back, a real double whammy with sitting the load across the lower back discs ar 4x body weight and standing at 2x body weight.

Answered 11/19/2012



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