According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than a third of the U.S. adult population is obese. Obesity does not merely shape one’s figure; it damages the knee joints too. Consequently, many studies have found a strong link between obesity and one’s risk of developing osteoarthritis, a degenerative condition that occurs from cartilage wear in the joints, particularly those of the knees which carry most of the body’s weight.
Friction between bones causes pain. The cartilage found in the joints connecting two bones serves as the cushion that keeps them from rubbing against each other. With use, the cartilage naturally degenerates over time. Note that a movement as simple as getting up from a chair increases the force absorbed by the cartilage by approximately 2-3 times the body’s weight. The tremendous weight exerted on the knee, therefore, hastens cartilage wear among obese people.
The result is constant pain and swelling, which tends to encourage dormancy and a lack of exercise. Obese people with osteoarthritis often live a sedentary lifestyle which leads to further weight gain, which then prevents exercise and makes them more inactive. It’s a vicious cycle to beat but losing weight and achieving physical fitness is imperative to good health.
Morbid obesity is also found to increase the risk of post-surgical issues. In an article by The Chart- CNN, researchers compared 12,355 normal weight, overweight and obese patients. The results showed that the obese are much more prone to complications such as leg swelling, bacterial infection, neurologic and gastrointestinal problems and readmissions than the other subjects. For joint replacement procedures, experts advise weight loss as this is believed to reduce the complication rate and increase the chances of implant survival.
Obese people suffering from knee pain in Paramus, NJ, however, do not necessarily have to undergo knee surgery if the condition is not that severe. If weight is the primary contributor to osteoarthritis, then it would be better to enroll in special health programs from local gyms (with the guidance of a physician) to address the problem. Weight loss is possible through behavioral modification, and the right food and exercise; observing all these can spare one from having to go under the knife.
As mentioned, rigorous movements can result in joint pain. Fortunately, this can be remedied with Hyalgan knee pain injections from Hackensack, NJ facilities like MedWell Spine, Ostheoarthritis and Neuropathy Center. This injectable serves as a supplement to the joint’s natural lubricant, hyaluronan, helping avoid inflammation. Hyalgan injections provide great relief to allow patients to pursue a weight loss agenda… and better health.
(Source: Knees bearing the weight of obesity, The Chart-CNN)