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

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatrics - Neurology
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. William Goldie
Dr. William Goldie
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Dr. Paul Slosar
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Hard to say

Being overweight makes any spinal problem more difficult to manage for the patient and difficult for the doctor to treat.
Weight loss helps everything in the spine feel better and allows the doctors to treat it more effectively and safely.

In brief: Hard to say

Being overweight makes any spinal problem more difficult to manage for the patient and difficult for the doctor to treat.
Weight loss helps everything in the spine feel better and allows the doctors to treat it more effectively and safely.
Dr. Paul Slosar
Dr. Paul Slosar
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