Blue Cross reports that in Dallas, Texas, a total knee replacement could cost between $16,772 and $61,585 depending on the hospital and the typical cost for a total hip replacement procedure averaged $30,124. (How much is your co-pay?)
So what’s causing all these joint replacements? It’s extra body fat. Excess weight affects you in two ways. First is the obvious reason. The more weight your joints have to hold up, the sooner they are going to wear out or break.
Here’s the math. When you’re walking on a level floor your knees experience one and a half times your bodyweight. This means that if you weigh 200 lbs. the impact on your knees is 300 lbs. of force. If you weigh 300 lbs. your knees are getting hit with 450 lbs. of force. When you walk up stairs or a hill it’s 3 times the impact or 600 lbs. for a 200 lb. person. When you squat down to pick up something, the stress on your knees is 5 times as much. If you weigh 200 lbs. that’s 1,000 lbs. of stress on your knees. If you weigh 300 lbs. that’s 1,500 lbs. (source- Harvard Medical.)
The second way excess body fat causes joint problems is less obvious until you think about it. When you have excess fat it causes your spinal column, hips and knees to realign to handle the excess weight. The next time you’re carrying groceries notice how you lean to handle the extra weight. When you are overweight your hips push forward and your middle back bends backward so your head has to bend forward and you are all out of your intended natural alignment. This causes your bones to pinch your nerves and all sorts of bad things happen. (source- Jeff Oriente CSCS,Phd.)
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