How your diet may be causing back pain

In Health and Wellness

Are you experiencing back pain and are not sure what the culprit is? Your pain could be stemming from what you are eating.

Your diet itself will not be the answer to your chronic back pain; however, if you know and understand what foods to avoid, your back pain can be better managed.

One of the biggest causes of inflammation comes from eating red meat; it has been a controversial health topic for a while now. While consuming red meat can be beneficial in fulfilling nutritional needs, such as protein, it is also linked to conditions such as heart disease, digestive issues and kidney problems. One other condition red meat is linked to that most people do not know about is back pain.

If you are suffering from back pain, red meat is a food that is important to avoid. Red meat has a substance in it called neu5gc or N-Glycolylneuraminic acid. This agent promotes inflammation along with other foods and drinks such as:

  • Refined carbohydrates
  • Sugar
  • Alcohol
  • Processed foods
  • Caffeine

To read more on the inflammation diet and getting back on track to a healthy life style.

Now that we understand better what not to eat, what should we be eating? Reducing foods, such as red meat, that cause inflammation will not only benefit your back pain; it will improve your health as a whole. The best foods to counter inflammation are those which contain high levels of antioxidants, lean protein and unsaturated fats. Below are some options to keep your health balanced:

  • Omega-3-rich fish such as tuna or salmon
  • Beans, grains, seeds and nuts
  • Poultry and eggs (try to limit meat intake)
  • Good news: one glass of red wine a day provides a healthy antioxidant boost

Being aware of the everyday food and drinks that are consumed can help reduce inflammation, therefore helping alleviate back pain. If you still experience chronic back pain after changing your diet, please contact one of our many clinics here at Physician Partners of America. Our highly-trained and experienced physicians will be happy to assist in your pain relief.


Holly Self is a Graphic Design Specialist for Physician Partners of America. Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., Physician Partners of America (PPOA) is a fast-growing national healthcare company committed to combatting the opioid crisis through interventional pain management. Founded in 2013 with three employees, it has rapidly grown to more than 500, and manages a wide range of medical practices.

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