People who are overweight or obese are more likely to have knee pain or hip pain from osteo (“wear and tear”) arthritis.
Walking has been shown to HELP folks with knee pain. Weight loss certainly helps. I have one friend whose knee pain disappeared after she began salsa dancing 5 days a week and lost 40 lbs!
However, sometimes people’s joints are so degenerated and painful that having replacement surgery can help them exercise more and lose weight.
From the LA Times:
In a news release, lead author Dr. Michael Bronson said, “Both total knee patients and total hip patients experienced a statistically significant and clinically significant corrected weight loss following surgery, which indicates a healthier overall lifestyle.” Bronson is chief of joint replacement surgery at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.
We celebrated Ella a few weeks ago, who had double-knee replacement, and now walks regularly outside and on the treadmill, often for more than an hour.