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Is my knee pain related to my obesity?

Is my knee pain related to my obesity?

Yes: A person's knees take on a lot of stress when he carries a heavy backpack or gains 50-100 pounds in weight. Obesity can worsen knee problems such as pain, swelling, difficulty walking, or trouble climbing stairs. Even if the original cause of the knee problems were from another disease or injury, the heavier a person is, the more wear and tear the knees have to endure. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Obesity (Definition)

The definition started with Louis Israel Dublin, chief statistician of the Metropolitan life insurance company, in the early 1940s, as a BMI >25 (definitely >30) for people in their 20's based on retrospective observational life insurance data of the age at which people died later in life. This was subsequently adopted by the medical disease industry. However, BMI is ...Read more


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What are the main causes of knee pain for people who are obese?

What are the main causes of knee pain for people who are obese?

Joint overload: For every one lb. A person is overweight, the knee sees 4 lbs. Being 25 lbs. Overweight means the knees are seeing an extra 100 lbs. With each step. Frequently loss of this weight is associated with decrease in pain. Pain is the first signal that something is wrong. Over time the overloading of the joint leads to articular cartilage breakdown, bone stiffness & sclerosis, and arthritis. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are common leads to of knee pain in obese people?

Could you tell me what are common leads to of knee pain in obese people?

Arthritis: Obesity places much more stress across the joints of your body. Knees, hips, ankles can all be affected. Generally, the cartilage will wear down faster which leads to advanced, early arthritis. ...Read more

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I have knee pain from obesity. So i start to exercising at the gym. But when i run or walk, i feel knee pain, so it's a dilemma. How to exercise?

I have knee pain from obesity. So i start to exercising at the gym. But when i run or walk, i feel knee pain, so it's a dilemma. How to exercise?

Alternatives: Consider some alternatives like riding a stationary bicycle, using an elliptical, or even better swimming. As the pain you may be feeling could very well be related to weight bearing forces at your knee. The exercises mentioned above help limiting the forces on the knee. Best of luck in your endeavors. ...Read more

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Knee pain. Meds, ice, heat don't work. Im obese. Used to pop by twisting knee. Same leg longer than other. Pain is all over. No job or money for dr ?

Weight: For 1 week write in full detail what you eat, and drink. I mean everything (even water, chips, candy etc). Then look at it, analyse it. You have to trim down (gradually) the eating diary. Many time you think you eat well but when you look at it on a piece of paper you realize there are always adjustment to make without starving that is a simple advice to a complex situation. ...Read more

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Is knee pain related to missing perods date?

Is  knee pain related to missing perods date?

No: It should not be. Likely hormone changes with menstrual cycles can cause some pain however if its persistent see an orthopedic or sport medicine physician for evaluation/treatment. ...Read more

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Has any one prescribed relafen ( nabumetone ) for knee pain related to arthritis?

Has any one prescribed relafen ( nabumetone ) for knee pain related to arthritis?

Relafin: Relafen (nabumetone) belongs to a group of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaids). It works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body. There is no one drug that is effective for everyone when it comes to joint pain so please consult with your physician. ...Read more

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What can cause knee pain?

What can cause knee pain?

Muscles, not joint: Janet g. Travell, md the matriarch of pain therapy noted in the 50-90's something interesting about joint pain. She stated that any joint area stiffness, aching and tension was due to muscles not the joint proper. So her myofascial therapy protocols are designed to treat all types of "joint pain." begin a self-care self/pro massage, chiropractor, heat, epsom soaking, stretching. I use acupuncture! ...Read more

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How can I reduce knee pain?

How can I reduce knee pain?

Lower impact: Strategies to minimize knee pain include weight loss (maintenance), activity modifications and a low impact quadriceps strengthening program. Avoiding activities such as squatting and kneeling will also help minimize the loads the knee joint sees during activities. ...Read more

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Knee pain. What can I take?

Many things: If you injured it you should see a doc so that you are not making it worse. For mild pain there are many classes of medication including tylenol, (acetaminophen) nsaids (ibuprofen, naproxen), and others like tramadol. Call one of your docs and see what they prescribe. Avoid narcotics...Too many people prescribe them and they have many side effects. ...Read more

Dr. Frederick Buechel
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Knee Pain (Definition)

Knee pain is a clinical finding in which the joint (where the bones meet) of the knee is painful to move. This can occur with Injury, arthritis, crystal build up in joints, ...Read more