Got a throbbing pain in your back? Not to worry, just put on your sports shoes and head for a jog! According to National Health Service UK (NHS), studies have found that exercise could alleviate lower back pain by up to 35% and reduce the risk of taking time off work due to it, by up to 78%.

Obesity triggers back pain

A study at the North American Spine Society in New Orleans, USA, found that overweight patients were more likely to develop lower back pain. Researchers examined 6,796 participants and found that those with a normal Body Mass Index (BMI) had a 2.9% risk of back pain. This was very low compared to their overweight, obese and morbidly obese counterparts, for which the statistics stood at 5.2%, 7.7% and 11.6%, respectively.


According to NHS UK, patients should aim for at least 150 minutes in a week. Experts recommended moderate activity of just about twenty minutes, for overweight patients. It has not, however, been deciphered ‘why obesity triggers back pain?’. It has been predicted that the trigger could be a combination of mechanical changes affecting the spine, and metabolic changes leading to inflammation. Nevertheless, the consensus view is that increased activity can help reduce back pain.

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