Stress On Arthritic Knees
Losing one pound can diminish stress on arthritic knees.
The findings come from a study of 142 overweight adults with knee arthritis that was published in a leading arthritis journal. According to the authors, for each pound of weight lost there was a four pound reduction in the force on the knees with every single stride they took while walking.
This is somewhat hard to explain, but biomechanically losing one pound of weight results in a four pound reduction in the force on the knees with every stride taken while walking.
Losing just one pound of weight, therefore, can reduce the load on the knee enough to slow the progression of arthritis.
This certainly is encouraging for patients who are trying to lose weight and realize that they are helping the arthritic knee or knees even in the early stage of weight loss when the amount of weight lost is modest.