Is Arthritis Pain Holding You Back?

By Paul T. Mitchell III, C.S.C.S*D, Pn1

October 2020

Pain from osteoarthritis can not only be painful, but it can also be a downright nuisance. When arthritis pain occurs in the knees in particular, it can hinder your exercise performance and throw off your nutrition plan as a result. As a nutrition coach, some of the factors we use to calculate the target number of calories you may choose to take in are the number of days you exercise, how long you exercise and the intensity of exercise. If that’s hindered by arthritis, you could be inadvertently overeating. 

Almost half of American over the age of 65 have the most common type of arthritis, called Osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is the result of the deterioration or breakdown of the cartilage between the bones of the joint that serves as a cushion when we walk, run or jump. This breakdown occurs as a result of normal wear and tear, genetics, injuries, and a lack of proper recovery and rejuvenation after strenuous activities involving that particular joint.  Osteoarthritis does tend to run in families and obesity is certainly a risk factor in its development. 

Certainly consult with your doctor if you feel you may be experiencing symptoms of arthritis. Those symptoms can be anything from pain in the joint to stiffness, and the pain level can also differ in each individual. Arthritis can produce a range of symptoms from pain to stiffness. 

Our Prime-Time Health Course can help you understand how the foods you eat can help manage the inflammation and pain associated with arthritis.