Can Weight Loss Help Knee Pain?

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Overweight and obesity are major risk factors for developing osteoarthritis (OA). According to the Arthritis Foundation, 1 in 5 people develop arthritis, and among obese people the rate increases to 1 in 3. There is no cure for osteoarthritis, but losing weight can help.

Osteoarthritis is characterized by the breakdown of cartilage, which is the tissue covering the end of bones where they form joints. Forces acting upon the joints can contribute to osteoarthritis. Inflammation also plays a role in the development of condition. Obesity can directly affect both the forces upon joints as well as increasing inflammation in the body. In fact, obesity not only raises the risk of developing arthritis, it makes the arthritis worse.

The Arthritis Foundation calculated that for each extra pound of body weight, 4 pounds of pressure is exerted on the knees. So, for individuals who are 10 pounds overweight, they experience 40 pounds of pressure on their knees. The extra weight put on joints makes them more likely to wear down and become damaged, especially in weight-bearing joints like hips and knees. To compound the problem, adipose tissue (or fat) creates and releases chemicals in the body which promote inflammation.

If you have OA and have a BMI above 30, weight loss could help ease your joint pain. There is no cure for osteoarthritis, but weight loss may help. If you are obese, or have a BMI above 35, bariatric surgery may be an option for you. Gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and adjustable lap band surgery can help reduce body weight, which may lessen the pressure of the forces on your hips and knees.

For more information on affordable self pay gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, or adjustable gastric band surgery, or to schedule a free informational session, call Dr. Shillingford at (561) 483-8840 today. Dr. Shillingford, M.D., P.A., is a board certified surgeon specializing in laparoscopic and obesity surgery. His gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients come from all over Florida for his services, including Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Wellington, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, and Jacksonville, and several locations in between.

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