Extra body weight adds to joint stress, causes joint pain, and contributes to osteoarthritis, which is one of the most common causes of painful joints. The doctors at Weight Loss Specialists of North Texas can evaluate the impact of your body weight on your joints, then help you lose weight using diet plans, medications, and bariatric surgery. Please don’t continue to suffer from joint pain. Call one of their offices in Denton, Frisco, or Flower Mound, Texas, or schedule an appointment online to get started on a weight loss plan.
Your knees bear a force that’s three to six times your body weight. Even being only 10 pounds overweight makes a difference, increasing the force on your knees by 30-60 pounds with every step you take.
When you gain weight and add to the burden, you have a higher risk of developing pain in the joints that bear most of your body weight, such as your knees, hips, and the facet joints on the sides of each vertebra in your spine.
You also increase your risk for knee osteoarthritis by 36% with every 10 pounds you carry over your healthy body weight. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that develops from wear and tear on cartilage in your joints, so it’s easy to understand how being overweight increases the rate of degeneration.
Losing weight relieves joint pain by reducing the pressure on your joints. It also helps ease inflammation that may contribute to your joint pain. Fat cells release pro-inflammatory chemicals, so reducing fat cells lowers inflammation.
Weight loss may even be able to prevent osteoarthritis. Losing about 10 pounds may cut your risk for knee osteoporosis in half.
There’s no doubt that losing weight is essential for relieving joint pain, and the team at Weight Loss Specialists of North Texas is here to help, no matter how much weight you need to lose. They take the time to talk with you and learn about your weight loss goals and struggles, then they develop a diet plan and identify ways you can change your lifestyle to achieve your goals.
If your BMI is in the range of 27 or higher, your weight loss plan may include bariatric surgery. If you struggle with joint pain and you’re obese, surgery is the best way to lose a significant amount of weight. Most patients lose 60-80% of their excess body weight following surgery.
The physicians at Weight Loss Specialists of North Texas perform the following minimally-invasive bariatric surgeries: