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If your weight is suffering, then your joints might be too!

If your weight is suffering, then your joints might be too!

Did you know that Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most prevalent conditions as a result from obesity? Obesity is now recognized as an important modifiable risk factor for OA. Obesity is also a factor when you are having joint pain such as knee, hip, and back pain.

“Joints in your body’s lower half — particularly your knees and hips — bear most of your [weight] load,” says Robert Bolash, MD who is a specialist in the Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Pain Management. “That is why years of carrying around excess weight can cause achy, swollen, stiff joints and even full-blown OA.

Don’t ignore your joint pain, losing just a few lbs and proper care can take stress off your joints and can possibly ease your symptoms. While your body can’t reverse arthritis or regrow cartilage, losing weight can help arthritic joints feel better and prevent further damage. Studies consistently show that overweight people have higher rates of osteoarthritis than people who aren’t overweight. One study found that those who are obese (with a body mass index [BMI] between 30 and 35) are four to five times more likely to get arthritis in their knees.

For now, seek medical treatment to help reduce some of those symptoms while you are combating weight loss and trying to become more active. A combination of Chiropractic care, infrared light therapy, ultrasound therapy, and other active therapy treatments can help prevent stiffness in your joints and scar tissue build up. Thus letting you move through your work out with ease and not to mention, fell great again!

Call us for your consultation with our board-certified doctor to see if Chiropractic care and Physical Medicine Rehabilitation are right for you!

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