Can Losing Weight Help Arthritic Knees? Yes, according to a growing body of research. The latest investigation,1 from scientists at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, followed 240 overweight and obese individuals with painful knee osteoarthritis for 18 months. The participants’ mean age was 66. In the study, they adopted a healthy lifestyle similar to…
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Arthritis Pain Relief
Regular exercise – one of the hallmarks of the Pritikin Program – can help combat the two most common problems for people with arthritis: pain and fatigue.
“Sometimes it feels like burning, other times it feels like throbbing — throbbing so bad that you can’t think about anything else,” observes a rheumatoid arthritis sufferer. Researchers have not yet pinpointed the exact causes of the disease, but that hasn’t stopped them from looking for ways to eradicate the disease, or at the very least, lessen the pain.
Many middle-age and older Americans have resigned themselves to pain. They feel it’s simply a part of getting older. “While it’s true that pain, particularly knee, feet, hip, and back pain, often comes with age, there are many ways to work around, and even relieve, that pain, and get back to exercising,” counsels Frank Musumeci, Biomechanical and Musculoskeletal Director at the renowned Pritikin health and weight-loss resort in Miami.
In a television interview, sports injury and orthopedic specialist Frank Musumeci discusses several exercise options that put less stress on joints, how to exercise without pain if you’re overweight, and how to protect your knees if you’re a runner age 50 and older.
Because of the arthritis, I was pretty much inactive, and always dealing with the pain, always fearful of injury. I had very little energy, and over the years I had slowly gained 20 pounds. I felt far older than 52. I knew that going to Pritikin was thinking outside the box, but my doctor encouraged me to give it a try. So, I went, nervously, I must say …
One in five Americans suffers from some form of arthritis. As yet, there is no cure. Doctors have focused on reducing symptoms, usually with drugs. But a growing body of research is now finding that a healthy lifestyle like the Pritikin Program can do much to decrease – or even eliminate – arthritic pain.