According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, knee replacements have increased 100% over the past 10 years and are expected to rise 500% by 2030. The cause of these replacements is the pain caused by traumatic injuries and osteoarthritis.
If you need another reason to lose weight, it is for your knees! According to John Richmond of New England Baptist Hospital’s department of orthopedic surgery in Boston, “The only treatment that actually slows down the progress of the disease is weight loss. You might think restricting activity would help but it does not.”
Also, according to the Arthritis Foundation the following are strategies to keep your knees healthy:
- Lose weight – For every pound lost, it reduces the weight on your knees by 4 pounds.
- Get exercising – Include regular, low-impact aerobic exercises. Consult your doctor and see what proper exercises are recommended.
- Increase muscle – Work all muscle groups twice per week.