A physician who performs spine surgeries exclusively, Paul W. McDonough, MD, is a respected presence in the Abilene, Texas, medical community. He is the only practitioner in his field with fellowship training in spine surgery between Lubbock and the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Maintaining a personalized approach to medicine, Dr. Paul McDonough educates patients about how weight loss and smoking cessation can improve post-surgical recovery and overall wellness.
The overweight and obese weight classifications have long been associated with elevated risk for a wide range of conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure, back pain, and osteoarthritis. Characterized by stiffness and joint pain, osteoarthritis can involve tenderness, swelling, and a grating sound when moving problematic joints.
Undergoing surgery that rebuilds or strengthens affected joints will not in and of itself solve the underlying issue. For those whose weight plays a role their joint issues, staying active and moving toward an optimal body weight are important steps in recovery and health maintenance after back surgery. Regular exercise, proper footwear, and weight reduction that reduces stress on the joints are important ways of minimizing reoccurrence of osteoarthritis.