Cure Joint Pain with Weight Loss Surgery

Losing extra weight can be a very difficult thing to do but not losing those pounds can significantly impact your joints and overall health. Arthritis is a disease that affects your joints, causing inflammation or degeneration and can be very painful. It is one of the most prevalent painful joint conditions, and obesity is now recognized as an important modifiable risk factor for it. Weight Loss Surgery is recognized to improve arthritis symptoms and joint mobility. Studies show that as your BMI increases, your chance of developing joint disorders increases as well. Weight loss is one of the initial recommendations for several painful arthritic diseases, particularly knee arthritis. For a better understanding, let’s look at arthritis and arthritis weight loss connection and see how it works.

What is Arthritis?

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Arthritis is a very broad term, and it includes different joint conditions. The most common types of arthritis are

  • Osteoarthritis (OA)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Gout etc

Osteoarthritis is the one that is associated with obesity as it occurs as a result of wear and tear of your joints due to increased stress on the joints.

The connection between obesity and arthritis; Joints under pressure

The link between obesity and arthritis is clear; the more you weigh, the more stress you will put on your joints. The joints in your lower body, particularly the hip joint and knee joint, bears most of your weight and provide you the stability to maintain your balance while doing everyday tasks. This is why years of carrying excess weight can contribute to achy, swollen, and stiff joints explaining why overweight knee pain is so common.

In arthritis, the cartilage, which provides cushioning to your joints, degenerates; as a result, your bones start to rub against each other, causing irritation, pain, and swelling. The more weight you put on your joints, the more wear and tear of the cartilage occurs. So losing weight becomes a significant factor for managing the effects of arthritis on your joints.

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Impact of Losing Weight on Arthritis and Weight Loss Benefits

Maintaining ideal body weight is very important. If you are only overweight, losing as little as ten pounds can reduce the progression of your knee degeneration by fifty percent. Studies show that people who are obese with a BMI between 30 and 35 are four to five times more at risk of getting arthritis in their knees.

If you have weight-induced joint pain losing weight and putting less stress on your joints can ease your symptoms. While you cannot reverse arthritis or regrow the cartilage, losing weight can help your arthritic joints feel better and prevent further excess damage. Weight loss benefits in obese arthritis patients include;

  • Reduced joint apain
  • Better joint function
  • Decreased muscular pain
  • Feeling better overall
  • Less inflammation
  • More energy
  • Better heart health
  • Improved sleep quality

Struggles of Losing Weight with Arthritis

Losing weight is a struggle in itself, and in addition to that, losing all the weight with already damaged joints that are causing pain and stiffness, extra fat leads to an increase in inflammation and can make you feel like you are fighting a losing battle. Cytokines are essential for causing inflammation, and their levels are already high when you have arthritis; obesity aggravates these levels. Obesity can also impact the effectiveness of your arthritis medications and make them less beneficial in maintaining pain and decreasing the progression of arthritis.

Get the help you need to lose weight before it’s too late!

The best treatment for joint pain is to stop it before it starts. If you need to lose a few pounds, get moving now before it gets too difficult to move and protect your hips and knees from the long-term damage by lightening the load on your joints. At ALSA Pakistan, Dr. Tahir Yunus performs all types of weight loss surgery and provides effective and efficient results. Not only do people feel that their physical burden of obesity is relieved with weight loss surgery but also weight loss significantly lowers the markers for inflammation that are a part of arthritic pain. There is no denying how hard losing weight can be, and if your joints are stiff and sore, it hurts too much to exercise, and you are exhausted from arthritis pain, losing weight feels nearly impossible; therefore, weight loss surgery is the right or maybe even the only option in order to improve the quality of your life.