Here's How Your Weight Affects Your Sciatica Pain

Do you suffer from nerve pain? There are many causes for it, but one common reason is sciatica. For some people, extra weight is the root cause. The link between obesity and sciatica has been an increasing concern among doctors.

At The Painless Center, with two locations in New Jersey, Dr. Jason Chiu and his team can help you live pain-free by evaluating your symptoms and customizing a treatment plan.

What sciatica is

As implied by its name, sciatica affects your sciatic nerve, which is the nerve that runs the length of your spinal cord. When it becomes irritated, it can result in numbness, pain, or weakness in your back, buttocks, or lower legs. These symptoms can also come with joint inflammation. Not only is it an uncomfortable experience, but your ability to move around and accomplish your daily tasks can also be compromised.

The link between weight and sciatica pain

Sciatic pain can either be caused or made worse by pressure on the pelvis or lower back. These are the areas where people tend to carry extra weight and where extra pressure is placed on the body. But extra weight can also put pressure on the back and the joints, which can make the healing process longer and more complex.

How weight loss can help with sciatica

Even losing a few pounds can be beneficial for relieving your sciatica pain. It only takes a little bit of extra weight to push on your sciatic nerve, causing stress and inflammation. Incorporating regular exercise into your life, along with healthier eating, can have all kinds of benefits on your health, and relieving your sciatic pain can be chief among them.

It may be difficult at first to exercise when you’re experiencing nerve pain, but Dr. Chiu can refer you to a physical therapist who can recommend exercises that you can do more easily with chronic sciatic pain. When you strengthen your muscles, you may not only improve your sciatica, but you may also avoid injuring yourself in the future. Exercise and physical therapy go a long way toward pain management.

Find relief from your sciatica pain

If you’ve been suffering from sciatic pain, help is available. Dr. Chiu can work with you to develop a treatment plan that addresses your symptoms and lifestyle. We have two clinic locations in New Jersey:

Fort Lee




You can also schedule an appointment using our booking tool through our website. We look forward to hearing from you.

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