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Can losing weight help with my knee pain?

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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