Weight Gain Makes Arthritis Knee Pain Worse

By · December 21, 2009 · Filed in Exercise, Knee Pain, Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is more common in overweight individuals. The hips, knees, and ankles are the joints that take a beating when a person is overweight. For example they bear 3-5 X the body weight when an individual is walking.  For every pound that a person is overweight 3-5 pounds of extra weight is added to each knee when they are weight bearing.  On the other hand if there is a 10 pound weight loss then that removes 30-50 pounds of stress on the knees, hips and ankles.

Exercise is a significant component for weight loss.  Unfortunately, for individuals that have severe arthritis knee pain weight bearing exercises are often impossible to perform.  They know that exercise will help them lose weight, however most knee pain sufferers have pain while they exercise or their knees feel worse after exercising. It’s a vicious cycle.

A great alternative to walking, running, or other weight bearing exercises is using a recumbent bike or swimming for 20 minutes daily.   These are usually activities that individuals that are overweight and have knee pain can do comfortably.  Individuals should start off with these types of non-weight bearing exercises and once they start losing weight and feeling better they can shift to doing other types of exercises.

Located in Irving, Texas, the Atlas Medical Center includes a team of professionals that are dedicated to improving your quality of life.   Professional and amateur athletes, dancers, musicians, retirees and people who are just suffering with pain go to the Atlas Medical Center for care. Using the facility to improve their condition, thousands of successful cases have been treated since 2001.

Dr. Alexandra Schnee, D.C. primarily treats patients suffering with knee pain due to arthroscopic knee surgery, arthritis, bursitis, ‘bone on bone’, tendonitis, meniscus/cartilage tears, and Baker’s Cyst’s. However, at the Atlas Medical Center we have programs available that can help most musculoskeletal conditions such as low back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, sciatica, disc and nerve problems, hip, ankle, foot, hand and wrist pain, etc…

Dr. Robert Hanson, D.C.an associate at the Atlas Medical Center, offers a very specialized non-surgical program that treats herniated, bulging, degenerated discs, stenosis, and pinched nerves in the low back and neck using a combination of  Cold Laser/Spinal Decompression Therapy.

If you live in the Dallas-Fort-Worth Metroplex and would like more information about Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program or any of our other programs please call our office at 214-596-1051, or fill out the form on the right hand side of this page and a FREE 16 page report about the treatments will be mailed to you within 72 hours or visit http://www.helpmykneepain.com

Article by Dr. Alexandra K. Schnee, B.S.,D.C.,-Your Cold Laser Doctor for the Non-Surgical Treatment of Knee Pain for the Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas Area-“ Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program Has Been Helping People with Knee Pain and Joint Pain in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area Since 2001.”

  1. Nearly Half in US Will Develop Knee Arthritis. Reuters 2008-09-03 21:09:08
  2. Arthritis Foundation, http//www.arthritis.org/resources/getting started/default.asp
  3. CDC. Prevalence of self-reported arthritis or chronic joint syndromes among adults-United States, 2001. MMWR 2002; 51(42); 948-950.

Arthritis Knee Pain Made Worse by Weight Gain | Dallas-Fort Worth

Dr. Schnee,D.C. explains how weight gain can add a lot of pressure on your knees, causing arthritis pains in your knees to get worse Dallas-Fort Worth

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