Obesity makes knee problems worse, expert states

22 December 2011

People who are medically obese are at a higher risk of serious knee pain, according to one expert.

Vivienne Coleman, programme manager at The Arthritic Association, a national charity promoting ways to increase mobility and lessen the pain of arthritis sufferers, suggested that physical therapy treatments can help patients whose joints are under a lot of stress due to high body mass index (BMI).

She said: "Obesity can of course affect the knees, because more pressure is being put through them. Injuries can also be a factor when they cause the body to go out of alignment."

Ms Coleman added that this can affect the hips as well, which could lead to further osteoarthritis problems later in life.

Recent research from Oxford University showed that 63 per cent of women aged over 50 were more likely to suffer from knee pain if they had a higher BMI, previous knee injury and radiographic osteoarthritis.

The researchers looked at cases over a 12-year period and found that progressive pain was often encouraged by these factors.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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