Here's How Your Weight Affects Your Sciatica Pain

Sciatica is among the most common types of nerve pain, and excessive weight is one of the most common causes of sciatica. And because so many Americans are considered obese — about one-third of all adults in the US — you can see why sciatica pain caused by carrying excessive weight is such a large concern. 

Here at the Ohio Institute for Comprehensive Pain Management, Dr. Mervet Saleh and our team are dedicated to providing you with the latest and most effective in pain management. So, we’re here to help you understand how carrying excess weight can exacerbate your sciatica pain. 


Sciatica is a chronic pain condition that occurs when the longest nerves in your body, the sciatic nerves, become irritated or compressed, causing pain, numbness, and weakness. 

Aggravating this nerve can be quite uncomfortable for your whole body, as the nerve runs down your spinal cord, into your buttocks, and all the way down to your feet. You may find that your pain travels this way as well, emanating from your lower back and traveling into one or both of your lower legs. 

How excess weight irritates your sciatica pain

Carrying extra weight is bad for your sciatica pain. In fact, studies have found that each extra pound of body weight adds four extra pounds of pressure on both your lower back and pelvis, creating inflammation, irritation, and pain.

It could be even worse if you carry most of your excess weight in your abdominal area, as this places most of the extra weight that you’re carrying directly on your back.

And the problem only gets worse as your weight increases. If you’re overweight or obese, the physical strain placed on your body alone makes it harder for you to heal from sciatica pain. 

You can relieve sciatica pain with weight loss

If you’re overweight and experiencing sciatica pain, you don’t have to suffer. At Ohio Institute for Comprehensive Pain Management, Dr. Saleh can help you formulate a safe and effective diet and exercise program to help you shed some of those extra pounds. 

When it comes to losing weight, you’ll want to stick to a diet and exercise program that’s gradual, centered on a diet that’s high in protein and fiber. Losing weight slowly helps your body to adjust and ensures that your weight loss is sustainable and lasting. 

Dr. Mervet and our team can provide you with a number of innovative treatment options for sciatica pain to bring you real relief. Call us or make an appointment right here on our website today.  

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