Today’s post, written by Dr. Elizabeth Matzkin, Surgical Director of the Women’s Sports Medicine Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, was adapted from an article that originally appeared on A Nation in Motion, sponsored by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.
I hear this all the time – “I’m trying to lose weight – but I can’t exercise because my knee hurts.” It’s a never-ending cycle that needs to be broken!
More than 36 percent of adults and 17 percent of children in the US are obese, which is a far too common problem. Obesity causes an increased load on your muscles and joints. The knee joint feels five times your body weight with each step you take – so a weight loss of even five pounds can feel like a 25-pound weight loss to your knee, helping to reduce your knee pain.