Weight Loss Reduces Knee Pain
Each pound of weight lost will result in a 4-fold reduction in the load exerted on the knee per step during daily activities. Accumulated over thousands of steps per day… The study concluded that …each weight-loss unit was associated with an ∼4-unit reduction in knee-joint forces.
Based on a study by Stephen P Messier, Ph.D.
Dr. Stephen Messier has been at Wake Forest University for 36 years. He is the Director of the J.B. Snow Biomechanics Laboratory and teaches undergraduate biomechanics and human gross anatomy as well as graduate biomechanics. Dr. Messier has 26 years of clinical trial experience concerning osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee; his team of clinicians and researchers are recognized for their research regarding the effects of weight loss and exercise upon knee OA pain, function, strength, and gait biomechanics.