Dr. Kenneth K. Hansraj Unveils Significant Impact of Breast Forces on the Spine by as Much as 110 Pounds
According to a new study published today in Surgical Technology International, women opting for breast augmentation will be increasing the impact of strain on their spines by as much as 110 pounds. Women with an increased body mass index (BMI) who experience a weight gain resulting in a larger bust are also victim to developing thoracic spine pain. Additional culprits in further promoting the damage include poor posture, which may magnify or worsen the problem, incorrectly sized bras, and the natural bone weakening effects overtime.
Often women going in for plastic surgery don’t give consideration as to how the additional added weight will affect their spines. Vice versa, a breast reduction of a naturally fuller bust can often help to alleviate pressure off the spine. According to Dr. Kenneth K. Hansraj, New York Orthopedic Surgeon and author of Keys to an Amazing Life: Secrets of the Cervical Spine, maintaining a healthy weight, strong core, and good posture along with wearing a well-fitted bra will be key in helping women combat spine strain.
Increasing One Cup Size
“With plastic surgery now being widely accessible to consumers, women are more commonly looking to either increase or decrease their breast size, but aren’t giving enough consideration to the impact the change will make on the physical health of their spines,” said Dr. Ken.
Dr. Ken analyzed the data gathered through the study and shared that the magnitude of the forces generated by the breast to the thoracic spine ranged between 9 pounds of force for underwire size 30 to an astounding 110 pounds of force for underwire size 60. He went on to add that this information suggests that the deformations, stresses, and reactions of the spine are caused by the amount of weight it must sustain, both weight from the bust and increased body weight.
“It is crucial for women to maintain a good posture, wear a fitted bra, and understand the impact increasing the bust size can have on physical health; an increase by a mere letter size, for instance, an average 36 cup, can mean as much as 10 extra pounds of weight on the spine,” shared Dr. Ken.
About Dr. Kenneth K. Hansraj:
Kenneth K. Hansraj, M.D. is a spinal and orthopedic surgeon specializing in cervical, thoracic and lumbar procedures, bloodless spine surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery, laminectomies and spinal fusions. He believes that the spine is a principal indicator of general health impacted by “human software and hardware.”
Dr. Ken is the author of the internationally bestselling book, Keys to an Amazing Life: Secrets of the Cervical Spine, (2013). Dr. Hansraj is also the author of Bloodless Spine Surgery: Pictures and Explanations. His goal with each books is to bring years of accumulated expert medical knowledge to the public. He does this in an easy-to digest format to help individuals with ongoing spinal issues.