Physical Therapy’s Positive Impact on Joint Health
Poor joint health is a condition that worsens over time.
While it is possible some joint conditions, like osteoarthritis, are hereditary, there is one preventative measure you can take to combat joint pain: maintaining a healthy weight.
Medical experts at our South Bay physical therapy practice possess the necessary qualifications to get you down to an ideal weight in order to better your joint health.
Marina Sports Medicine recognizes getting down to a healthy weight is a tall order. The work required to get there is challenging, but we want you to know it is possible!
How Does Being Overweight Affect Joints?
Joints in the knees and hips are responsible for carrying most of the body’s weight; therefore, being overweight is quite strenuous for them.
If they have to carry excess weight, the cartilage in the joints will diminish, which leads to the bones rubbing against each other.
This is what results in the substantial discomfort you may be suffering from.
Further evidence of how harmful excess weight is on joint health is in this study, where medical professionals discovered being overweight or obese increases the chances of osteoarthritis in the:
Out of these three body parts, they found knees were the most likely to bear poor joint health due to excess weight.
The last point of emphasis in regards to how much impact our knee joints really feel is this: walking on a flat surface results in a force equivalent to one-in-a-half times an individual’s body weight.
Add some incline, and the force becomes greater.
Can Physical Therapy Really Help?
Ah, now for the good news!
Yes, our physical therapists in the South Bay can help you lose weight in order to improve your joint health.
Here is how.
One of the most beneficial aspects of physical therapy is it has something for everybody.
What this means is our practitioners know how to devise a plan for each patient in order to cater to his or her needs. Patients who see us in order to recover from an injury receive a different plan of action than patients seeking treatment in order to lose weight.
As it pertains to the latter, Marina Sports Medicine’s physical therapists will design a program focused on shedding excess weight in order to improve your joint health!
Learn From Professionals
Sessions are where hands-on treatment takes place, but physical therapists also spend time teaching you how to continue these exercises on your own.
By equipping you with this knowledge, you can remain consistent with your exercises outside of our facility to stay on track with your weight loss!
Creating Good Habits
One of the most important benefits from physical therapy is you are actively creating good habits.
After you lose your excess weight (which you will!), you will know what it takes to keep the weight off. This will not only make your joints happy, but it will, and should, give you something to be proud of!
By reaching this benchmark, you proved you are capable of leading a healthy lifestyle. Remain committed to those healthy habits you formed during your time in physical therapy, and you will discover how much you enjoy the new, fitter version of yourself!
Losing weight is no walk in the park, so bask in the glory you rightfully deserve and continue living your best life!
Schedule an Appointment with South Bay Physical Therapy Today!
Losing weight to restore your joint health is possible with the help of our South Bay physical therapists! Contact us to make your appointment, and embark on changes you and your joints will love!