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Doctor insights on: Back Support Belt For Obese People

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Will a support belt or brace keep my low back safe when I lift at work?

Will a support belt or brace keep my low back safe when I lift at work?

No!: Elastic support belts or braces do not keep you safe when doing heavy lifting at work. Only your brain keeps you safe. These belts and braces only serve as a "reminder" to be safe. Relying on them for support and safety is a common mistake that often leads to back issues. Rely on them only as a reminder tool. ...Read more

Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Obesity (Definition)

Having too much body fat. It is different from being overweight, which means weighing too much. The weight may come from muscle, bone, fat, and/or body water. Both terms mean that a person's weight is greater than what's considered healthy for ...Read more


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How long do I wear a lumbar support belt if I am using one for degenrative disc disease of lumbar discs?

How long do I wear a lumbar support belt if I am using one for degenrative disc disease of lumbar discs?

Short duration: It depends on your symptoms and what you do on a daily basis (e.g. Exertional sports or laborious job duties, etc). In general, we do not recommend excessive or prolonged use of back braces/belts as there is potential for deconditioning of the spine muscles (which should be strengthened). However, in some cases where you can't get away from heavy duty work, it can be a short term option. ...Read more

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Is it good to wear lumbar support belt for my lumbar degenrative disc disease? I have had contradictory advice on this matter.

Is it good to wear lumbar support belt for my lumbar degenrative disc disease? I have had contradictory advice on this matter.

Lumbar disease: The best treatment is to work on the core muscles, and train your body to maintain better posture. Alexander technique is one of the programs that works on posture and alignment of the spine. The lumbar belt is more for support, but does not help to attain proper alignment. Good luck. ...Read more

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I've been wearing an abdominal support belt, but my back pain hasn't decreased. Could I have a pinched nerve?

I've been wearing an abdominal support belt, but my back pain hasn't decreased. Could I have a pinched nerve?

Possible: Back pain in pregnancy is extremely common. The added weight and the change in the curve of the spine both contribute to the back pain. ...Read more

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Can a lumbo sacral support belt,help my lower back pain and my sciatica?

Can a lumbo sacral support belt,help my lower back pain and my sciatica?

Possibly: However do not rely on that belt all the time as it will make your muscles weaker and you may make things worse. Belts/supports are typically helpful in situations when you need to do activity. ...Read more

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How do you wear a lumbar support belt for moderate to severe low back pain?

Securely: If your physician has prescribed a lumbar support the medical supply store professional or physician should should show you how to wear it. It should not cause discomfort and should fit securely. You should not have any pressure on your sternum and should be comfortable while sitting. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about hernia support belt or shorts?

Can you tell me about hernia support belt or shorts?

They do not work: Do not waste your money. Hernia belts do not prevent the hernia from getting worse or causing problems. See your surgeon. ...Read more

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Can i wear a gurtle / support belt after a c-section?

Can i wear a gurtle / support belt after a c-section?

Girdle ok: Wearing a girdle as extra added support for your abdominal muscles is perfectly fine. ...Read more

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65+ woman fell down and had hairline fracture,has been advised bed rest for a month.Will hip support belt speed up recovery if so ! which kind?

65+ woman fell down and had hairline fracture,has been advised bed rest for a month.Will hip support belt speed up recovery if so ! which kind?

Need more inform-: -ation. What was fractured, & how did it happen. Trip, slipped,on stairs. Also your age & do you have osteoporosis? Was it hip or pelvis? Guess age is 65, sorry. Bed rest for a month is very bad @ that age. If it's a hip it should be fixed so she can be up & around. If pelvis, my patients take pain meds & get up and about as much as they can. In this case pain meds R needed 2 control it so can go. ...Read more

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I am 5'6 and 194 pounds...am I obese and need to lose some weight? I couldn't access the answer when I asked this question a while back.

I am 5'6 and 194 pounds...am I obese and need to lose some weight? I couldn't access the answer when I asked this question a while back.

Healthy weight range: Your body mass index (BMI) is just over 31. BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese. 20 to 25 is desirable. For you, that would mean weighing 120-155.

Work on cutting back high calorie foods, sugary drinks like soda. Reduce processed foods. Focus on more whole foods, cooked from scratch, without a lot of added fat (deep fried, cream sauces, etc.). And don't forget to include regular exercise. ...Read more

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I'm obese times 3 and I have very bad pain in my back and I can't breath properly?

I'm obese times 3 and I have very bad pain in my back and I can't breath properly?

Recommend med eval.: Back pain & breathing issues may be associated w obesity. Get medically cleared. To lose weight insure that calories burned > calories consumed. Drink at least 8 - 8 oz glasses of water per day. Try for 8 hours of sleep/night. Aim for at least 5 servings of vegetables & 4 servings of fruit per day. Use whole grain when possible. Avoid sodas, alcohol & junk carbohydrates. Exercise regularly. ...Read more

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I have low t level at 7 nmol. Last year i lost 50 pounds and it jumped to 8 nmol. Will loosing more weight bring back normal t levels. I am obese ?

I have low t level at 7 nmol. Last year i lost 50 pounds and it jumped to 8 nmol. Will loosing more weight bring back normal t levels. I am obese ?

Low Testosterone: Excess weight can increase your aromatase enzyme which can result in decreased testosterone. You need to decrease your stress (meditation, massage, yoga), moderate exercise and resistance training with weight.
I would suggest you see a Urologist to see why your level us so low.
Nutrition: avoid sugar and processed foods. ...Read more

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68 stone I'm obese times 3 I have a very bad pain in my back and I can't breath properly ?

68 stone I'm obese times 3 I have a very bad pain in my back and I can't breath properly ?

Hello!: I'm thinking we might have a typo..I am not familiar with "stone" as a weight measurement, but my online converter says that 68 stone is 952 pounds! My dear, if correct, this is life threatening! I would expect multiple pains in many spots, trouble breathing, moving, etc. You MUST be under the daily care of a doctor. Have your family help you get into a residential treatment program. Sending love ...Read more

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I am an obese woman suffering from a back injury--what can I do for this?

I am an obese woman suffering from a back injury--what can I do for this?

Most are self limit: Most just get better with time, activity modification and heat or hot showers combined with light exercise and cardiovascular exercise. Otc medication can help as can life style changes like weight control, regular exercise and avoiding smoking. Good sleeping habits and a good mattress make a difference .Make sure you have good vitamin d intake and calcium intake. ...Read more

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Just came back from the Navy, I'm not obese moderately chunky BMI of 22 I think!?

Just came back from the Navy, I'm not obese moderately chunky BMI of 22 I think!?

Even though you are: very young to be experiencing symptoms of heart disease, as well as the the fact that the pain is worsened by deep breaths, not exertion, you should go to an ER for urgent evaluation. I doubt it will turn out to be heart disease but may be GERD/reflux or even asthma or pleurisy. I don't think your weight is an issue; a BMI of 22 is normal. Make your way to an ER or your Doctor's office NOW:) ...Read more

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Is liposuction worth considering to get the body weight back to safe levels if someone is obese?

Is liposuction worth considering to get the body weight back to safe levels if someone is obese?

Lipo for weight loss: Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure, but is ideal for people of normal weight who have small pockets of fat that need to be removed. 5 liters of fat can be safely removed at one time as an outpatient procedure. This fat weighs around 10 pounds. If you have more fat than 10 pounds, people are better served by losing weight first, trying more excercise, or a weight loss clinic. ...Read more

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I am experiencing back pain (severity: severe) (side: both) . The following also describes me: Obesity. What should I do?

I am experiencing  back pain (severity: severe) (side: both) . The following also describes me: Obesity. What should I do?

Strain v. spinal: Obesity can cause spain due to increased gravity loading effects on lumbar muscles. It can also cause increased axial loading, pressure coming down the spine, which can rupture discs or inflame facet joints. Imaging should give the answer. ...Read more