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How does obesity specifically affect spondylolysis or spondylolisthesis?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Weight adds stress

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: Weight adds stress

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.
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Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Mainly stress

The extra weight puts additional stress on the back, including the areas with the spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis, further irritating the area.

In brief: Mainly stress

The extra weight puts additional stress on the back, including the areas with the spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis, further irritating the area.
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