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Can obesity make spondylolysis or spondylolisthesis worse?
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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