Jan 26, 2010

My Water Drinking Recommendations for Patients With Back Pain

At this time, I recommend that my patients who are sedentary and not exposed to extreme temperatures (over 85 degrees Fahrenheit) consume 40-50 percent of their body weight in ounces of water. So, a patient weighing 150 pounds should consider the consumption of 60-75 ounces of water per day. Water sources include food and certain beverages, so an individual should be able to gain 20 percent of their water needs from a balanced diet. I do not consider soda, coffee, alcohol, and black teas to be good sources of water because of their diuretic effects. There are various opinions about the water content values of beverages, but I won’t entertain those discussions in this article. 

How to Avoid Back Pain by Drinking Water

If you want to avoid painful back spasms, I suggest that you consume more water before, during, and after you begin your gardening chores or any increased physical exertion. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink water. You may avoid painful and sometimes expensive episodes of back pain at any time of the year by drinking more water.

Dr. Lehman is a board certified chiropractic orthopedist. His chiropractic practice involves the evaluation and management of musculoskeletal conditions. Dr. Lehman serves on the faculty of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine within the Integrative Medicine Section of the Internal Medicine Department. Hydration is a topic of special interest, about which he plans further research efforts.

Dr. James Lehman
Albuquerque, NM

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