Treat Knee Pain With Weight Management Services

As one of the most used joints in the body, the knee can become strained and painful if you have excess body weight because of the forces that you put on it every day. For example, walking on level ground puts the force of one and a half times your body weight onto your knees, with the forces tripling when going up and down stairs or squatting. This means small increases in body weight can magnify the pain caused knee arthritis, but this also means that a small amount of weight loss can reduce strain and pain in the knees!

According to the CDC, 54.4 million adults in the U.S. report having arthritis while two out of three of them are considered overweight. Furthermore, up to 31% of adults with a combination of arthritis and excess weight have severe joint pain accompanying their arthritis symptoms. Weight management can not only reduce this pain but keep arthritis symptoms from worsening—but we know this can be hard to do on your own or even know where to start. 

It’s reported that adults who receive weight-loss counseling from a provider are approximately four times more likely to attempt to lose weight than are those who do not receive counseling. At KneeCare Clinics, our team of professionals can help you start on a journey to better health! Contact us to schedule an appointment for diet / weight counseling in St. Louis. 

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Approaching Diet/Weight Counseling

Dietary factors may play a bigger role in arthritis and overall knee pain than was once thought. Not only does your knee joint bear most of your weight, but poor diet and other metabolic factors can lead to inflammation that affects bone and cartilage. For a holistic approach to knee and overall body health, the weight management services at KneeCare Clinics take into account diet changes, increased physical activity, and behavior therapy to help improve your lifestyle habits. Take a look at this approach:

Diet Changes

Your physician can recommend foods and portion control strategies that will help you lose weight, thereby, reducing strain on your knees. Furthermore, they can recommend certain foods that may be able to help with strengthening the joints. For example, people with osteoarthritis should make sure to have plenty of vitamin D and calcium in their diet, which means eating foods like fish, yogurt, milk products, poultry, and more.

Excercise

For patients with knee osteoarthritis, physical activity is particularly important because it can help improve pain, stiffness, and physical function, but we know that the symptoms of arthritis may actually limit the frequency and intensity in which you can exercise. Regardless, there are still many ways to effectively lose weight using a variety of low-impact exercise options—even if it is limited. Your doctor can assess your current activity level and build a regimen that fits your lifestyle and includes exercises such as leg flexes, hip extensions, knee rolls, and daily walking/movement!

Counseling

While diet and exercise are the first and most important steps on the road to a healthier lifestyle, there’s one more thing that is just as important: support. When you work with a doctor and KneeCare Clinics, we take the time to get to know you and your goals in order to come up with a personalized plan that helps you get your weight back on track and your knee pain under control. We take this journey together and offer a source of encouragement and accountability at every step.

Conditions We Treat

Bone on Bone

“Bone on bone” is another word for knee osteoarthritis, which is when the cartilage in your knee joint is reduced over time. The symptoms can be accelerated with excess weight bearing down on the cartilage in the knee, and when this padding is worn down altogether, it causes the bones to painfully rub on one another. Weight management can reduce the bone on bone sensation as well as prevent further wearing down of the cartilage in the future.

Arthritis

While there are over 100 different kinds of arthritis, we treat many conditions that commonly affect the knee such as psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and post-traumatic arthritis. Diet/weight counseling from KneeCare Clinics is aimed at reducing your risk of knee arthritis worsening as well as mitigating tissue degeneration, swelling, and pain.

Bursitis

Knee bursitis is an inflammatory condition in which the bursa near the knee joint becomes swollen. This is caused by not just overuse of the knee joint but also increased weight applying extra pressure with movement each day. Maintaining a healthy weight can heal this knee pain and reduce your risk of recurring episodes of knee bursitis.

Why Diet/Weight Counseling?

Even small to moderate weight loss can make a big difference in your pain levels, and can help delay the progression of arthritis in many cases. Specific benefits of diet and weight counseling from KneeCare Clinics include:

  • Decreased pressure on the knees – It is said that for each pound of weight lost, there is as much as a four pound reduction in the knee-joint load. With less pressure on the knee, there is less wear-and-tear and associated pain.
  • Reduced risk of arthritis – Losing even small amounts of weight can greatly lower the risk of developing osteoarthritis. For example, 11 pounds of weight lost for a woman of average height results in a 50% drop in risk of developing OA.
  • Reduction of inflammation – Some experts suggest that overeating can actually trigger an immune response within the human body, which may cause an increase of inflammation. Furthermore, inflammation is a risk factor leading to osteoarthritis, not simply a symptom of it. That being said, losing weight can overall reduce inflammation in the body which, in turn, can help with knee pain.
  • Surgery prevention – Knee replacement should be a last resort. For individuals who want to avoid the invasiveness, risks, and side effects of surgery, losing weight can hold off the need for knee replacement.

Get Started on a Healthier Life Now!

Dietary factors play a bigger role in knee pain than was once thought. Inflammation from a poor diet and other metabolic factors may lead to inflammation that affects bone and cartilage. Diet changes and weight loss can change these markers and in turn, reduce the painful symptoms of arthritis, osteoarthritis, and bursitis. Diet/weight counseling from KneeCare Clinics can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle!

Reduce arthritis pain and restore your quality of life! You can find a deeper level of enjoyment in your personal relationships, careers, hobbies and more with the help of KneeCare Clinics! Contact us now or speak to our patient advocate to get started!

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