When it comes to knee pain though, I’d argue that it’s not bad to be a broken record about one thing anyway. And that’s the single factor that, more than any other, predicts whether you’ll have knee pain.
A new meta-analysis of existing studies found that “one-fourth of cases of onset of knee pain could be attributable to being either overweight or obese,” according to researchers at the Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre.
That may elicit a yawn from you, especially if you think I’m a bit of a broken record on this subject. But here’s the part I found shocking:
5.1 percent of new knee pain/knee osteoarthritis could be attributed to a previous injury and 24.6 could be attributed to being overweight or obese.Wow! Didn’t see that coming. What a disparity. If anything, I would have expected a previous injury to be a more significant contributor to the onset of knee pain. But it isn’t. And it’s not even close.
If I were an orthopedic doctor, and I had a patient with knee pain who was overweight and who claimed to be serious about doing whatever it takes to get better, I’d say:
“Lose x pounds. That will show that you’re really serious.”
Because if you are serious, and you are overweight, shedding some pounds has to be a No. 1 priority. On this point, the evidence isn’t debatable.