Adjusting Your Diet Can Be Another Way To Relieve Back Pain From Inflammation

A collection of healthy foods

Working to prevent or treat back pain is usually about exercising, treatments, physical therapy, and surgery, but that’s not where it all starts. As with any profession, spinal care specialists are dedicated to using the least invasive approaches available and restoring health without surgery when possible. For this reason, the first approaches are almost always physical therapy and exercise, and diet is just one more tool in their toolkit. Many foods have been tied with inflammation, and choosing foods that reduce inflammation or at least don’t cause it can help you limit back pain.


Dietary Choices That Can Help Reduce Back Pain By Reducing Inflammation

Below we’re going to present a series of food choices that can help reduce your back pain both by reducing inflammation and providing valuable nutrients that support spinal health. Some of these may surprise you, while others may simply have never occurred to you.


  • Tuna – Seafood, and fish in general, provide nutrients that are great at reducing inflammation. The abundance of nutrients that are found in it are also valuable, and thus it’s the first on our list.
  • Salmon – Many of the nutrients from tuna can be found in Salmon, along with Omega-3 fatty acids. These important nutrients are known to reduce inflammation as well, so any fish rich in them can help. Consider black cod, sardines, and herring to improve your flow of blood and promote spinal health.
  • Carrots – Carrots, along with other vegetables that are deeply colored, are in possession of an impressive amount of nutrients that can aid in the fight against inflammation and chronic back pain. Chop them in pieces and add them to a snack bag to see you through the day.
  • Sweet Potatoes – Also known as yams, this incredible food is packed with anti-inflammatory nutrients and much more. It’s an easy side dish and goes great as a side with Salmon.
  • Red Wine – Red wine has long been known to have a broad range of dietary benefits, and being an anti-inflammatory is just one more. If you have no prohibitions against alcohol, having a glass of red wine with dinner can help a lot.
  • Seasonings – Turmeric, cinnamon, and basil are just a few of the seasonings that are known to have anti-inflammatory properties. Accordingly, you may find some benefit to cooking with them.


These are just a small sample from a long list of foods that are known to have anti-inflammatory properties. Further research can reveal an extensive selection that you can add to your diet to reduce inflammation and help ease back pain. Consider including nuts, green tea, and olive oil in the list, and find some more on your own.


Involve Your Spinal Specialist and Other Health Care Providers

There is a growing understanding of the role that inflammation causes in spinal pain and the foods that can help prevent it. Diet is known to have a broad range of health benefits, but every year that understanding grows. Speaking with your spinal care providers, primary care physicians, and nutritionists can help you down the road of limiting the amount of pain you experience. Call for a meeting today.

Dr. Todd A. Bromberg, M.D. When chronic pain and spinal issues impact your quality of life, you need a team of crack spine and pain specialists at your disposal. Delaware Valley Pain & Spine Institute works with some of the most respected experts in the field to bring pain relief and restored quality of life to patients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey!
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