Nutrition and Weight Control



    Spinal surgery is often required to relieve pain, improve daily function, and regain one’s quality of life. The ability to heal efficiently after surgery is essential to ensuring a good outcome. Unfortunately, surgery, by its very nature, causes stress […]

  • Calcium for Bone Health

    Calcium for Bone Health

    No matter your age, we all can reap the benefits of incorporating the recommended amount of calcium in our diets. The recommended intake may shift depending on our age, but it remains a constant necessity […]

  • Obesity, Nutrition, and the Spine

    Obesity, Nutrition, and the Spine

    Obesity can cause injury and damage to the spine.  This damage can lead to chronic pain and other symptoms associated with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, and many other spinal conditions.   […]

  • Diet and Bone Health

    Diet and Bone Health

    by Michael W. Hasz, M.D., F.A.C.S.
    Eating a well-balanced and complete diet is an essential part of maintaining strong, healthy bones.  It is not enough to merely include adequate calcium in one’s diet; other minerals such […]

Obesity is an epidemic in the United States and many Western countries. Your weight can significantly influence your overall health, but it can have a particular impact on spinal health. Obesity can often lead to back pain as a result of a larger load and pressure on the musculoskeletal system, particularly on the lumbar (lower) spine.  Your body may assume the burden, but not without cost.  Over time, deformations of the spine occur, often resulting in conditions such as sciatica and degenerative disc disease.

Obesity also impacts the degree of success of your spinal treatment.  Studies show that higher Body Mass Index (BMI) results in great frequency of complications such as wound infections, cardiac events, and blood clots.

Maintain a healthy diet, and be sure to get your recommended daily intake of calcium.

Vitamin D and Calcium play an important role in healthy, strong bones.