Weight Reduction Tools
Will my knee stop hurting if I lose weight?
Yes, your knee pain will improve if you lose weight. The amount of improvement is directly related to how much weight you can lose. It has been shown that as little as 2 – 3 kilograms of weight loss can start to improve knee pain. Best reduction of knee pain has been shown with a weight loss of 10% or more.
Can losing weight make your knee joint hurt?
No, it is very unlikely that weight loss will cause your knee joints to hurt. Many studies have shown weight loss leads to an improvement in knee pain.
How can I lose weight with knee pain?
Great question! With knee pain and arthritis, you are unable to ‘exercise’ the weight off. The good news is that many programs are available for weight loss, specifically tailored for patients with knee pain. I recommend the ‘Healthy Weight for Life’ program. It is an 18-week weight loss program specifically designed for patients with knee arthritis. The cost of this program is paid for by most private health funds. I am happy to refer you to this program if needed.
How can I exercise / walk with knee pain?
If you are trying to lose weight with knee arthritis, you will be unable to ‘exercise’ the weight off but it is important to still stay physically active as this will reduce knee pain. I recommend muscle strengthening exercise with a Physiotherapist, cycling or swimming / hydrotherapy if your pain is severe.
Does a gastric surgery help knee pain?
Yes, gastric surgery is very effective for reducing knee pain. If you have been unable to lose weight with diet & exercise and your BMI is greater than 40, I would recommend you consider seeing a gastric surgeon. I can organise this referral for you if needed.
How much weight can you lose with knee pain?
There is no ‘limit’ as to how much pain you can lose with knee arthritis. Weight loss can be achieved through mainly dietary changes alone. The more weight you can lose the better your knee pain will be.