Obesity and Joint Problems

As a result of carrying around the extra weight, not surprisingly, obesity can have some serious negative impact on your joints, especially the ones that are called weight-bearing joints. These would include your back, hips, knees and ankles.

Joints are built to withstand tremendous strains and pressures from regular activities. However, they have their limits. When they are continuously being put under excessive strain, parts of them will start to break down and you will begin to experience pains. Often, you will develop bursitis which, if left untreated, can progress to arthritis.

Obviously losing weight is a key to relieving the stress on the weight bearing joints. Because of the way your joints are built, 10 lbs weight loss takes 40 lbs off your knees! Other things that can be done are choosing swimming or cycling as your preferred form of exercise. Joint pain can be debilitating and can interfere with your obesity treatment. Treating both can be very difficult but with the help of your doctor, physiotherapist and a strong support group both can be accomplished.