WHAT IS OSTEOARTHRITIS?
Osteoarthritis is when a person has stiffness and pain in their joints. Patients who are older typically have osteoarthritis more than younger patients due to their aging bodies, but osteoarthritis can also be injury related. Osteoarthritis impacts joints in the knees, hands, hips, and lower back, making day-to-day tasks more difficult. The pain can become too much, and treatment is needed.
HOW IS OSTEOARTHRITIS LINKED TO OVERWEIGHT?
Besides injury, older age, genetics, and being overweight are the highest risk factors for developing osteoarthritis. Extra weight puts more pressure on joints and cartilage and causes them to deteriorate faster than normal. The chance of developing osteoarthritis is also higher in overweight people because they have a higher level of substances in their blood that are known to cause joint inflammation. This can prevent them from healing properly after an injury or surgery.
HOW CAN WEIGHT LOSS HELP?
Research suggests that losing as little as 5% of total body weight can reduce the symptoms and risk of developing osteoarthritis. Having lower weight takes the pressure off your joints, especially the lower back, knees, and hips. Less weight can also reduce inflammation throughout the body. If you have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, or think you might have osteoarthritis, schedule an appointment with our specialists to get the treatment you need.
If being overweight is a factor in your developing osteoarthritis, we can make losing weight easier than ever. With our medical weight loss programs, Oklahoma Men’s Clinic can help you feel better. Call today for an appointment.