Holiday Weight Gain Impacts Your Entire Body and How it Works

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Increased weight or obesity places additional stress on the joints, especially in the lower extremity such as the knee and hip joints

The holiday season brings endless parties where we celebrate with platefuls of hearty food, decadent desserts and ever-flowing cups of eggnog and wine.

Before you go for second helpings or decide to ditch that workout plan because of the cold temperatures outside, let’s discuss the heightened risk of musculoskeletal injuries that come along with obesity or increased weight gain.

Lower Extremity Joint Pain

Increased weight or obesity places additional stress on the joints, especially in the lower extremity such as the knee and hip joints. The increased stress accelerates the wear and tear on the joint leading to osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common chronic condition of the joints and occurs when the cartilage or cushioning in the joint breaks down. This break down can cause pain, stiffness and swelling leading to decreased mobility and range of motion.

How does this happen?

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