San Francisco Chiropractor and Chronic Back Pain Doctor Comments:
Weight gain and chronic low back pain are not a good combination. It doesn' t really matter which one came first. Once you have both, it can be very difficult to break the back pain cycle without losing weight.
Carrying to much body weight can put abnormal stresses on the joints and spinal discs, leading to chronic back pain and disc degeneration. When you have chronic low back pain it can be very difficult to exercise...as the exercise can often make the back pain worse.
Lack of exercise makes it hard to lose weight. In fact, the sedentary lifestyle lends itself to gaining even more weight...leading to more back pain...a viscous cycle.
So what can be done?
Well...I would seriously consider a plant based diet, because it will help you lose weight even without exercise...and it will help reduce inflammation levels in the spinal joints which could make it easier to start an exercise program. You could also consider nonsurgical spinal decompression or conservative chiropractic care. I would do all these things at once...and I would find a chiropractor that had the knowledge and equipment to help you do it.
Of course...this is what we do at Executive Express Chiropractic in downtown San Francisco. And this plan works...over and over for those that are disciplined enough to stick with the program. The plant based nutrition program we recommend is the McDougall program by Dr. John McDougall, M.D.
So, if you are having trouble losing weight and breaking the low back pain cycle...consider this approach...do some homework and find a good chiropractor that can help you.