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Knee Pain and Its Relationship with Body Weight.

Researchers in Australia recently published an article on the relationship between body weight and knee pain.

250 people aged 25-60 and with no known knee problems were involved. The majority were women and many were obese. During the study 54 people dropped out.

Two years into the study the researchers found that over half still weighed the same, just under a third had lost weight and 14 percent had gained weight.

The results were interesting. Even moderate weight gain appears to be closely correlated with the onset of knee pain, regardless of the starting weight. Surprisingly, losing weight appears not to help reducing discomfort at the same rate. It is likely that it will take quite considerable weight loss to reduce discomfort.

So maintaining your weight is an important factor in preventing knee pain. If you already suffer do not expect significant relief until you have lost several pounds.


Weight is, of course not the only factor in knee pain. The ankles and the hips, the joints either side of the knee joint are also important as are the muscles moving these three joints. The thigh and the buttock muscles are particularly important. We will address these in a separate post.

Taking Glucosamine Sulphate may also have a beneficial effect on knee pain. However, the dose is critical. After an initial three to four weeks of a 3000mg per day loading dose, 1500mg per day is recommended.

Patients often tell us that they are taking one-a-day formulations. Most of the time these turn out to be 500mg of the active ingredient. This is not enough to be effective. In fact, we have yet to come across a 1500mg tablet, which unless you are a horse would be pretty difficult to swallow.

At Park View Acupuncture and Chiropractic Clinic stock three varieties. Glucosamine Sulphate (2-a-day), Glucosamine QCV (2-a-day) and Glucosamine Complete (3-a-day) all from Lamberts Healthcare and priced from £9.50 to £12.00.


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