Lose Weight and You May Lose That Joint Pain Too

Taking off weight can take off pain.

When your joints start to ache and you lose the ease of motion and flexibility, weight loss remains one of the most common recommendations you’re likely to receive from a doctor. Losing just 10%-15% of your body weight can make a big difference in your pain levels, especially if you are overweight (with a body mass index [BMI] of 25 to 29.9) or obese (with a BMI of 30 or over). Not only can weight loss lessen your knee pain, but it also decreases your risk of developing osteoarthritis in your joints as you age.


Still, losing weight and keeping it off can be a challenge. That’s why you should seek medical support for your weight loss. Dareld R. Morris II, DO of Morris Medical Center offers comprehensive and compassionate weight loss support services to new and existing patients in the Fort Myers and LaBelle, Florida area. Here’s what he thinks you need to know about the connection between weight loss and reduced joint pain.


Taking off the pressure


Joint pain presents as one of the most common symptoms of being overweight or obese. Typically, it tends to be your knees that bear the brunt of too much pressure as a result of weight issues. The amount of pressure on your knee joints increases proportionally to every extra pound of weight on your frame by an additional 4 pounds of pressure — so even a partial reduction of body weight can make a significant difference in your pain levels. Your other joints, including your ankles and hips, may also benefit from weight loss.


Getting the support you need


Studies show you’re much more likely to find success in achieving and maintaining your weight loss goals if you go into the process with adequate medical support. That’s why you should turn to Dr. Morris for personalized recommendations, regular check-ins, and effective medical interventions. Dr. Morris and our team have the expertise you can trust to get you through plateaus or tough spots. When you’re body is healthier, you may be amazed at how much better you feel, and how much less pain you experience on a day-to-day basis.


A multi-step process


To help you achieve your long-term weight loss goals, Dr. Morris starts by helping you construct an individualized treatment plan. This includes your medically ideal target weight and the best diet and exercise options to help you get there.


In the first phase of treatment, Dr. Morris and our team check-in with you every week to monitor your safe and effective progress. Once you’ve reached your first weight loss goal, Dr. Morris continues to monitor your nutrition. In the final phase of Dr. Morris’s program, he works with you on developing long-term health and wellness behaviors to maximize your strength, flexibility, and range of motion. You can continue to check in monthly or quarterly, as desired.

To get started losing weight and say goodbye to your joint pain problems, get in touch with Morris Medical Center now. You can schedule your initial consultation appointment with Dr. Morris over the phone, or by using the online tool.

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