WHAT IS OSTEOARTHRITIS?
The condition of osteoarthritis causes joint stiffness and pain. It is more prevalent in older patients, but can also be injury related. This condition affects joints throughout the body, including in the knees, hands, hips, and back, making day-to-day functions difficult. When the pain becomes too great, it can make daily life challenging.
HOW IS OSTEOARTHRITIS LINKED TO OVERWEIGHT?
Being overweight is one of the highest risk factors for osteoarthritis, next to genetics, injury, and older age. When a person is carrying excessive weight, it puts additional pressure on cartilage and joints, causing them to wear down faster than normal. Overweight people tend to have higher levels of joint-inflaming substances in their blood, which also heightens the risk of osteoarthritis.
HOW CAN WEIGHT LOSS HELP?
Losing 5% or more body weight can reduce the symptoms of osteoarthritis, as well as help to prevent it. Carrying less weight improves joint function, especially in the lower back, knees, and hips. Maintaining an ideal body weight also reduces inflammation. If you’ve been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, or think you might have osteoarthritis, schedule an appointment with our specialists to get the effective treatment you need.
If your osteoarthritis is due to being overweight, we can help you lose weight easier than ever. The medical weight loss programs offered at the Oklahoma Men’s Clinic can help you successfully lose weight and feel healthier. Contact us today for an appointment.