Knee Pain | The Connection Between Obesity and Knee Pain

Obesity is a serious health issue that effects people all around the world. It can lead to severe health conditions and significant pain in the body. Many people who suffer from obesity also suffer with knee pain. In some cases, people who are severely obese may develop a condition known as osteoarthritis in the knee.

Obesity and Knee Pain

Obesity is directly related to several health problems. High blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and knee pain or osteoarthritis can all develop as a result of obesity. In fact, obese people are more likely to develop osteoarthritis of the knee than high blood pressure. Weight loss can help alleviate the symptoms related to high blood pressure or diabetes. This is not the case for those dealing with pain as a result of osteoarthritis.

The cartilage undergoes changes as a result of the knee pain and it is not something that can be reversed. Physical therapy or general exercise routines are most effective for managing this type of pain. The additional fat surrounding the cartilage leads to inflammation that can exaggerate the symptoms. Losing weight is ideal because the extra weight adds stress to the joints of the knee. Weight loss will help to decrease the pain levels, enhance mobility and improve physical function.

Research indicates that exercise and some degree of weight loss can benefit in pain relief. It can assist in expediting the process of returning to daily activities that may not be possible while obesity is a factor.

At Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine, we take an integrative approach to treat a wide range of issues. We specialize in developing personalized treatment plans and delivering lasting relief by treating the root cause of your issues and chronic pain. Our team of board-certified nurse practitioners, physical rehab technicians, aestheticians, and chiropractors offer patients comprehensive types of treatment with two convenient locations in Mount Pleasant and Summerville, South Carolina. Schedule a complimentary consultation to discuss options to help alleviate your knee pain.