Helping People Heal the Back and Neck, Orthopaedic and Spine Institute, LLC Announce the Grand Opening of the New HealthCrave Weight Loss Center

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An over weight condition can be detrimental to the spine and neck health, so San Antonio, Texas-based Orthopaedic and Spine Institute (OSI) have added HealthCrave, an integrative medically supervised weight loss and training program to their practice. Open House is January 23, 2012 at 6:30 pm located at 21 Spurs Ln, #320, San Antonio, TX 78240.

San Antonio-TX based Orthopaedic Medical Practice

Janivee Barron

"I can attest to the fact that the HealthCrave supervised weight loss really works. I lost 26 pounds!"

The Orthopaedic and Spine Institute are pleased to invite you to their new Grand Opening of the medically supervised weight loss program - HealthCrave. Open House will be January 23, 2012 at 6:30 pm located at 21 Spurs Ln, Suite 320, San Antonio, TX 78240 at the Center for Texas Athletes.

The Orthopaedic and Spine Institute staff and providers are excited about their ability to offer patients an opportunity to improve neck and back pain resolution when directly related to over weight conditions. Currently, 80% of Americans will suffer from at least one episode of back pain in their lives. It has been shown that the prevalence of spinal disorders and back pain is highest in individuals that are overweight.

At the Orthopaedic and Spine Institute's San Antonio HealthCrave weight loss center, we truly strive to maximize outcomes without the use of surgery. In an effort to optimize conservative treatment, we have begun offering medically supervised weight loss programs. These programs will be designed to decrease body weight, increase physical fitness (strength and flexibility), and patients' awareness of techniques to improve their chances of improving without surgical intervention.

The American Obesity Association (AOA) reports that 64.5% of adult Americans (about 127 million) are overweight or obese. Most people are aware of the medical risks associated with obesity such as coronary heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and colon cancer. Few are aware, however, that obesity contributes strongly to spinal abnormalities as well. Being overweight has been found to contribute to spinal conditions such as spondylolisthesis(slippage of the spine), degenerative disc disease and facet disease ( arthritis of the spine ), spinal stenosis (crowding of the nerves), herniated discs, spinal sprains and strains, and osteoporosis.

Additional weight forces the spine into a compromised position, placing the structures of the spine under more stress and strain. This can lead to injury and degeneration of the spinal structures and muscles surrounding it. The lumbar spine is particularly at risk due to the fact that it absorbs significant strain already due to it's location at the bottom of the column of the spine where most force is directed. Over time, the muscles weaken resulting in postural changes and anatomical shifts in the stresses surrounding the spine. Additionally, osteoporosis can result in fractures of the spine or hips that can be disastrous and even life-threatening due to the morbidity of such an injury.

If you are overweight take the first step to better health by scheduling an appointment at our San Antonio HealthCrave weight loss center today (210) 386-0766, and be sure to stop in for the Open House on the 23 of January to Jump Start Your New Year!

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