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Can I avoid spinal fusion surgery by losing weight?

A normal weight is always recommended for your overall health. Excessive weight can lead to numerous health issues including spine problems.

Spinal fusion is a surgical procedure that joins two or more vertebrae, to stabilize the spine by holding it safely in place.

Nobody wants to undergo a surgical procedure, especially if that surgery involves a complex structure, like the spine. Although some conditions can be treated only with a surgical operation, it is important to adopt preventative measures. Avoid spinal fusion by adopting a healthy and balanced lifestyle. There are different factors that can help you avoid spine problems and back pain and maintaining a healthy weight is one of them.

Excessive weight:

  • increases the risk for numerous diseases
  • puts much strain on your spine
  • enhances the degenerative forces that affect your spine and lead to disc problems

Keeping a normal weight is essential in order to avoid spine problems and surgery. Smoking might also cause spine problems leading to degenerative changes by constricting blood vessels that feed your spine.

Useful tips to avoid spine surgery

  • Exercise regularly – it can strengthen structures and muscle groups in the area and ensure your overall well-being.
  • Adopt a balanced diet - your diet plays a big role in the health of your spine. Food high in sugar or fat can contribute to the development of inflammation of the spine, which often leads to pain or compression in the area. A personalized, well-balanced diet will help you maintain a healthy weight to ensure that you are not overstressing your spine.
  • Go to physical therapy - this specifically targets the problem areas of your back, relieving compression or pressure in the area. Do some low-impact physical therapy exercises every day at home.
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