3. Weight management
The knee is one of the joints that carry your weight, and being overweight puts additional pressure on it. Extra 10 pounds of weight add 10 to 50 pounds of strain to your knee. Each step puts a strain on your knee equal to about one and half of your weight. People with a high body mass index (BMI) are at a higher risk of osteoarthritis.
Maintaining a healthy weight promotes the health of your joints. If you are overweight and suffer from long-term knee pain, like with osteoarthritis, losing weight will help you.
The lessening strain on your knee by losing weight relieves your pain, improves mobility, and reduces further joint damage. Less weight gives you more activity. Your doctor will help you by setting a target weight and making a plan to reach this target.