Pain and Dehydration

“Stay hydrated” is one of those rules that should be plastered on every corner we turn. Americans are losing sight of what it means to stay hydrated especially with the increase in popularity of unhealthier alternatives to water like Coca Cola and Pepsi products. The prices of these products are continuously decreasing and more and more Americans and becoming consumers. But let us not forget, water is free! Nothing beats free these days, and water has so many benefits to the human body that it seems silly to not opt for it every time we’re feeling thirsty. There are many spinal problems that back pain sufferers can encounter by simply not drinking enough water.
ONE Brain and Spine Center understands this concern and encourages patients to drink an adequate amount of water each day. Dr. Burak Ozgur works in our unified center to bring life back to patients who have lost it through their brain and/or back conditions. Patients of Irvine and surrounding California areas can easily access our help to improve their quality of life.
The human body is made up of about 75% water. It not only helps with low back pain, but it helps to support many other functions of the body. Water protects organs, regulates body temperature, lubricates joints, gets rid of toxins in the body, and prevents headaches and joint aches. The ratio of water in the human body is almost identical to that of the discs in the spine. Within the spine lie vertebrae and discs that are placed for cushion and support. The discs are made up of water and other fluid, and when the spine is compromised, water seeps out of the spine. If there is not an adequate amount of water in the spine, it can become dehydrated and cause severe pain. One of the physician’s main concerns for their patients of low back pain is if their diet consists of the proper amount of water.
You can determine how much water you need by consulting with your physician. They establish this by looking at the amount of physical activity you do on a daily basis, your weight, gender, and other environmental factors. The general rule of thumb is to drink at least 8 glasses (8oz) of water each day. If you body is not getting the appropriate amount of water your spine is at risk of disc degeneration and other severe back problems
So, if you’re thirsty, drink a glass of water. Bring a bottle of water into work so you can fill it regularly throughout the day. At ONE, physicians treat patients with back pain every day and know the benefits and prevention of back problems that result from drinking water. If you suffer from back pain, consult with a doctor and learn more about how water can improve your symptoms of back pain.
ONE Brain & Spine Center is the premier spine and brain center in Irvine, California, offering minimally invasive spine surgeries and minimally invasive orthopedic surgeries. For more information or to make an appointment, please call (949) 383-4190.
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.

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