How does my weight affect my knees?

Your knees are hurting from being overweightBody weight actually has a significant impact on your knees. Excess weight add pressure to your joints and strains them, potentially contributing to knee pain and damage like arthritis. This is because being obese or even overweight compresses the cartilage and protective cushioning in your joints, wearing them down over time and decreasing their shock-absorption potential. Eventually, those layers might thin out completely and allow unprotected bone tissue to grind together, causing significant discomfort.

The good news is that even a little weight loss has been shown to benefit your knees. It is challenging, but investing in your knee health this way allows you to continue with your favorite activities. If you’re struggling with knee pain now, it is possible that your weight is an influencing factor.

Our teams at Castle Pines Physical Therapy and Cherry Creek Physical Therapy are happy to help you get to the bottom of your pain and start a plan to take care of your joints, including your knees. Call us at (303) 805-5156 to make an appointment at our Castle Pines and Cherry Creek, CO, offices. You can also use our website to reach us.