Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum is a renowned orthopedic surgeon who works in New York City. Many of his surgeries are on his patient’s knees. He says that the average age of a person that needs knee replacement surgery has been dropping in recent years and a recent study by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons backs him up. He says that the growing epidemic of obesity is largely to blame.
Just even 10 pounds of excess weight can wear down the cartilage and other soft tissues inside a person’s knees. This 10 pounds of weight translates to an extra 40 pounds of pressure when an overweight person is walking. Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum says that this leads to people having their knees break down at ever younger ages. He says that modern lifestyles are leading to joint damage not just in the knees but in the hips as well.
Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum has joined nonprofits, such as The Arthritis Foundation, in getting the word out in regards to the link between obesity and joint damage. He says that 20 percent of Americans have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis. People’ joints are deteriorating at younger and younger ages and they can eventually need surgery to reduce pain and restore function.
He says there is good news, though. Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum says that even moderate weight loss will really help people avoid the need for surgery or at least delay it. Before immediately recommending surgery, for some patients he will recommend they first try to get more exercise and eat a healthier diet. He will also prescribe different ways of doing some exercises which have been shown to promote joint health.
Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum performs surgery at BronxCare Health System where he is the director of orthopaedics.
See Dr. Ira’s profile here https://www.linkedin.com/in/ira-kirschenbaum-5132001a