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Does being overweight cause the pain from spondylolisthesis to be worse?

Does being overweight cause the pain from spondylolisthesis to be worse?

Without question: The spine must support the weight of the body. Most people who who are over weight have the weight in their abdomen. They also then do stoop and not stand up properly. They tend to sit for long periods with poor back support. They have poor core strength with enormous stress on the low back with minimal help from the stomach muscles. This forces the lower back forward off of the pelvis. ...Read more

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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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Overweight (Definition)

Nearly two-thirds of the United States population is overweight. There are many ways to determine if a person is overweight, but experts believe that a person's body mass index (BMI) is the best way to assess an adult's weight in relation to their height. * A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered normal. * Adults with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 are considered overweight. There are exceptions. For example, an athlete may have a higher BMI but not be overweight. * Adults with a BMI greater than 30 are considered obese. * Adults with a BMI greater than or equal to 40 are considered extremely obese. * Anyone more than 100 pounds overweight is considered morbidly obese. A person with a high BMI may have a normal amount of body fat is they have ...Read more


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Could being overweight cause the pain from spondylolisthesis to be worse?

Could being overweight cause the pain from spondylolisthesis to be worse?

Yes: Obesity plays a role in back pain in general and now you are adding an unstable level. It may also signify a lack of regular exercise as well which is a factor. Secondary to the obesity may be diabetes which can affect your nerves directly and lead to a neuropathy which may compound any stenosis symptoms if present with the spondylolisthesis level. ...Read more

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What prevents spondylolisthesis from getting worse?

These rarely : Progress if the isthmic or congenital type with less than 1% progressing in adulthood. They can progress during youth . The acquired or degenerative type can progress but rarely past grade 2. Weight control, not smoking and regular exercise including core strengthening is important in terms of symptom control. ...Read more

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What to do if I have spondylolisthesis which causes back spasms. thoughts?

What to do if I have spondylolisthesis which causes back spasms. thoughts?

RX for low back pain: Non-surgical treatment for adult patients with an isthmic spondylolisthesis is similar to other low back ailments including medications for muscle relaxation and pain, ice packs, and physical therapy to build up core muscles ...Read more

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What causes spondylolisthesis?

Spondylolisthesis: Spondylolisthesis is the slippage of one vertebrae over another. Causes can be degenerative arthritis, trauma/fracture, congenital, or stress fracture of the pars intraarticularis which is often caused by sports involving hyperextension of the back. ...Read more

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What causes spondylolisthesis?

What  causes spondylolisthesis?

Bad back: Spondylolisthesis is a forward sliding of a vertebra, typically in the low back. It is caused by a number of things including chronic poor posture and obesity. Congenital defects, osteopenia and osteoporosis can also make you more susceptible. ...Read more

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Can obesity make spondylolysis or spondylolisthesis worse?

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. ...Read more

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Does spondylolisthesis cause swelling in the left leg?

Does spondylolisthesis cause swelling in the left leg?

No: Most likely no. It would have to be a high grade slip to push against the blood vessels to and from your leg. If you have swelling of one foot/ankle, talk to your primary doctor. It can be a sign of a blood clot. ...Read more

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I have bilateral degenerative changes at l5-s1 level w/a grade 1-2 spondylolisthesis found 9/2012 has become worse will i end up needing surgery?

Spine Surgery: Spine surgery is reserved for individuals that have unrelenting pain that has failed conservative care or who have a progressive neurologic condition due to the spinal changes. Many individuals with your radiographic finding are pain free. If worsening would followup with your doctor or see a surgical or nonsurgical spine specialist. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Bolesta
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Spondylolisthesis (Definition)

Slippage of one vertebral body over another ...Read more