No one wants to live with joint pain. Unfortunately, millions of Americans will experience pain in their knees, hips, or lower back at some point during their lives. There are many causes of joint pain, but obesity is one of the most common. Excess weight can also worsen existing conditions. The result is pain, low energy, and discomfort that can affect every aspect of your life.
The good news is, losing even a small amount of weight can go a long way. If you have arthritis or another condition causing chronic joint pain, your doctor will likely have recommended weight loss to aid your treatment. Among a myriad of other health benefits, maintaining a healthy weight looks after your joints and can significantly relieve joint pain.
Reducing pressure on your joints
Your weight-bearing joints (your ankles, knees, and hips) have to support your full weight. When you walk, even more pressure is placed on these joints. In fact, the pressure put on your knees during activities like walking up or down stairs is two to three times that of your body weight. That’s a lot to ask of your knees!
Over time, joints can become worn down and damaged by overuse. Carrying around extra weight increases the pressure put on your joints, wearing them down quicker and causing pain. By maintaining a healthy weight, you can ease up the pressure on your weight-bearing joints, making your knees, hips, and ankles happy.
Obesity is a key risk factor in the development of arthritis, a condition that causes joints to become painful, stiff, and inflamed. But excess weight can actually promote inflammation, increasing a person’s risk of developing arthritis, and making symptoms worse in those who have it.
Studies have shown that a weight loss of just 10% can greatly reduce inflammation in the body. This is just one reason that doctors recommend weight loss to patients with arthritis.
Healthier lifestyle, healthier joints
Weight loss doesn’t happen overnight. But with even a few small lifestyle changes like healthier eating and more exercise, you can achieve a healthy weight that relieves your joint pain and gives you more energy throughout the day.
Patients with joint pain often worry that exercise will make their pain worse. While this is true of some activities, there are plenty of fun, low-impact exercises that are easy on the joints. Swimming, water aerobics, yoga, tai chi, and cycling are all great options. If you enjoy the atmosphere of the gym, avoid the treadmill and opt for the rowing machine or elliptical instead.
Tired of joint pain and arthritis ruling your life? If you’re ready for a fresh start, it’s time to consider whether alternative therapies might be right for you. Stem Cell Therapy is a safe and minimally-invasive treatment that uses your body’s natural healing mechanisms to stimulate tissue repair in your affected joints. Combined with healthy lifestyle changes, the treatment has proven effective for many patients.
To find out if Stem Cell Therapy is right for you, contact us today.