Woman with Back Pain because of Dehydration
Posted by: Dr. Robbyn Keating |

Can Dehydration Cause Back Pain?

Of course, dehydration can cause your back to hurt.

Hydrating your body is a basic necessity for your body to fully function and feel good.

When you become dehydrated, your body reacts negatively causing you to be crabby, faint, and completely shocks your organs, muscles, and bones.

It is essential that you take care of your body and drink plenty of water.

Why you might ask?

What You Should Know About Dehydration and Back Pain

The link between backaches and dehydration is small discs in your spine!

These little discs are jelly-like material that is close to 75% water.

The outer ring is called the Nucleus Pulposus, and the inner ring is mainly water.

By the end of the day you are ¼ to a ½ inch shorter than when you work up in the morning.

You are shorter because of the water slowing releasing from the spinal discs.

You return to your normal height in the morning because while you are sleeping the discs rehydrate fully.

 The discs try to hydrate throughout the day, but in the upright position, it is not as easy. Movement helps hydrate the discs during the day.

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When people ask, can drinking water help with my back pain, the answer is yes! You need the water in your body for the spinal discs to rehydrate.

Not only do these little discs impact a very small part of your height but more importantly they affect your body’s daily function.

The jelly-like discs are between every two vertebrae and absorb the shock of your everyday movement protecting your spine from wear and tear. 

If the discs are not adequately hydrated you not only shrink but they cannot protect or support your spine.

Causing more stress on the spine and eventually, it will swell, become painful and possible bulge the nucleus pilposis which is extremely uncomfortable.

Just think you need water for back pain because dehydration causes your spine stress and your body struggles to function.

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10 Signs to Know You Are Dehydrated

  1. Bad Breath
  2. Fatigue
  3. Confusion
  4. Anger
  5. Dry Eyes or Blurry Vision
  6. Headaches
  7. Muscle Cramps
  8. Dark Urine
  9. Dry skin
  10. Fever

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How Can You Tell If You Are Dehydrated?

There are two simple tests to see if you are dehydrated: checking your urine or your skin.

Urine Check

When you use the restroom look at the color of your urine. If it is light, then you are well hydrated but if its dark then you need to drink more water because you are dehydrated.

Skin Check

Pinch the skin on the top of your hand.

Water Chart | Dehydration | Back PainIf the skin quickly goes back down and looks normal, then you are hydrated, but if it slowly returns to normal or stays pinched up, then you are dehydrated and need to start drinking more water.

You do not need to chug the water because it can upset your stomach just work on drinking the proper amount.

Most experts say if you drink half your weight in fluid ounces then you are taking care of your body’s needs and will stay hydrated.

Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink water because by then you are already dehydrated. Continual drinking thought the day is best and easiest to maintain your body’s proper hydration level.

Sadly, too many people suffer from dehydration. According to the American Journal of Public Health, 29.5% of adults in the united states are not adequately hydrated. They performed a study on hydration and found that lower-income adults are more likely to be dehydrated because they do not have access to safe drinking tap water. Most lower-income people drink less and drink more sugary drinks than water.

Up to 60% of an adult human body is made up of water and 90% of an adult’s weight is water, according to USGS

Keeping these number in mind just images how hard it is on your body when you deprive it of water. Your body could potentially shut down, and you could die from dehydration.

It may seem hard for some people to drink enough but once you start making it a habit and experience the benefits of a healthy body, it will seem easy to drink enough water to stay hydrated.

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Tips to Help You Stay Hydrated

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Drink water when working out
  • Favor your water to make it more appealing
  • Eat fresh raw fruits and veggies
  • Monitor your urine
  • Carry water with you everywhere as a reminder to keep drinking
  • Set a timer to keep tabs on your intake of water

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Fix Back Pain at Arrowhead Clinic

After a few days of hydrating correctly, you are still experiencing back pain talk to a chiropractor.

You can schedule a free consultation where they will do a full workup on your overall health.

Don’t keep ignoring your back pain, get the treatment your body deserves.

Click the banner below to schedule an appointment with one of our expert chiropractors today!

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