Can Losing Weight Help Ease Knee Joint Pain?

There have been many scientific experiments proving there is a direct correlation between body weight and joint pain. The more weight you carry on your frame, the higher the probability you will develop joint issues especially osteoarthritis or wear and tear of the joint. This prolonged pressure on the joints causes inflammation.

Being overweight can increase your risk for developing osteoarthritis and can be prevented or slowed down considerably with a healthy weight, BMI between 18.5-25. To calculate your BMI, multiply your weight in pounds by 703 and divide that number by height in inches squared. For example, a person weighing 135 pounds and 5’6” would have a BMI of 21.8.

The amount of pressure your knees absorb when walking on level ground is 1½ times your body weight. For example, a person weighing 200 pounds puts 300 pounds of force on the knees with every step. The pressure on the knees goes up to almost three times your body weight when climbing up or down stairs and up to five times your body weight when squatting down.

Clearly it is beneficial to lessen the amount of pressure we are placing on our knees. Every pound lost makes a big difference on our knees. The best way to lose weight is a combination of diet and exercise. Always consult with your physician before beginning your weight loss journey and consider a dietician to help create a plan that works best for you.

If you are experiencing knee pain and want an expert opinion on how best to manage the pain, visit www.tarponpa.com or call 972-596-1059 to discuss conservative treatments.

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