There are many reasons people develop persistent back pain. From injuries to degenerative diseases, there is a long list of conditions that can contribute to your back pain. But did you also know that your diet can play a role?
At The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care, spine expert Gbolahan Okubadejo, MD, FAAOS offers customized treatment plans for back pain. Dr. Bo also values the importance of preventive measures you can take to lower your risk for chronic back pain. One of the preventive measures often overlooked when it comes to pain conditions is your diet.
There are two primary ways your dietary choices can affect your risk for persistent back pain.
Eating foods that are high in fat and sugar can cause weight gain. When you’re overweight or obese, it can put unnecessary pressure on your spine that leads to pain.
Weight challenges can also increase your risk for degenerative diseases like arthritis that cause the premature breakdown of your spinal joints, chronic pain, and loss of mobility.
There are a wide range of foods that are known to trigger or contribute to inflammation. When inflammation affects your spine, it can put pressure on surrounding nerves, soft tissues, and bones.
Common foods that can cause or worsen inflammation include:
Refined carbohydrates, including white foods like bread, rice, and potatoes, can also contribute to persistent back pain and inflammation throughout your body.
Just like your diet can cause back pain, your food choices can also protect you from developing back pain in the long run. There are many foods you can eat to fight inflammation, make weight maintenance easier, and keep your spine healthy.
We can help you make the necessary diet changes that support your spine’s function and your overall wellness. Some foods you can start incorporating into your diet to prevent inflammation include:
Green and white teas can also lower your risk for inflammation-related back pain.
In addition to eating healthy, you should also get regular exercise to keep your back muscles healthy and strong. Dr. Bo can recommend specific exercises you can do to target different areas of your spine.
You should aim to get at least 30 minutes of exercise every day to maintain a healthy weight.
If you have existing back pain that limits what you can do physically, schedule a consultation at The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care. Dr. Bo can identify the underlying cause of your pain and create a treatment plan to ease it, so you can remain physically active.
We offer treatments like:
Our goal is to help you find long-lasting pain relief and prevent the progression of spine diseases like arthritis, degenerative disc disease, and spinal stenosis.
To schedule a consultation for back pain, call The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care office near you or book an appointment online today.