Can losing weight help with my knee pain?

Akash Bajaj, MD

Knee pain is a relatively common and debilitating health problem that affects balance and the ability to walk normally. Knee pain can be caused by past or present injuries or by medical conditions like arthritis. Losing weight can help prevent or cure some types of knee pain. The science behind how weight loss benefits knee pain is simple. When you lose weight, less pressure is applied to your joints, including your knees. Discuss your knee issues with your doctor, and ask what kind of exercise might be best for your situation.

David Hogarth
Physical Therapy

Yes, for sure! Knee pain often is a result of over stressed structures in the knee.

Conservative treatment of knee pain by rehabilitation specialists often revolves around methods to reduce loading on the knee. One of the best ways to reduce this stress is to reduce the compressive stress of gravity by losing weight. Over the years, in my physical therapy practice, the success of relieving arthritic type knee pain increases significantly when body weight is effectively reduced in conjunction our treatment strategies.

Losing Weight can absolutely help to decrease or eliminate knee pain or pain in other Joints for that matter.  This is one of the side effects of being over weight.  The extra force on the joints can cause pain and imbalances in muscles and other parts of the body, causing even more pain.  As you lose weight you will likely notice less joint pain and better functionality of the body.
Absolutely! Weight loss can help reduce back pain, knee pain, and lots of other types of aches and pains. If you are suffering from any kind of pain, be sure to check with your doctor before beginning an exercise program. The spine, hips, knees, and ankles are all designed to help share the load of your body. If you are carrying extra weight then all of these joints are under unnecessary stress. There are many stories of individuals suffering from knee pain and considering surgery. While these individuals evaluate their options, they begin exercising and lose 30 pounds, suddenly not experiencing knee pain anymore. Your knee is a hinge joint which is designed to swing back and forth (like a door) with a small degree of rotation, but functioning the knee is directly related to the hip and the ankle. If the ankle decides to evert (inside ankle bone goes closer to the floor; foot flattens) then the knee is obligated to do something to compensate which it was probably not designed to do. If the muscles around the hips are weak and they cannot stabilize the upper part of the leg, then again the knee can pay the price. Arthritis can also be the culprit in knee pain. Be sure you consult your physician before exercising, but arthritic symptoms can often be reduced by improving muscle strength and increasing flexibility through an exercise program which will also help you lose weight. By reducing the amount of weight the knees are having to support you could greatly reduce the knee pain.

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Impact Of Losing Weight

Impact Of Losing Weight

Losing weight can be one of the best things you can do for your physical and emotional health. It can slash your risk of illness, help prevent a cancer diagnosis and improve your self-esteem. But not all weight loss is created equ...

al. Losing weight too quickly and you risk malnutrition, dehydration and even hair loss. It's recommended that for effective weight loss, stick to dropping two pounds a week and always keep in mind – it's a marathon, not a sprint.

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