“Obesity is covered by insurance if there is pain somewhere like the knee or hips,” said McKindley. “It also covers physical therapy if balance or walking is an issues. When it comes to joint pain, weight is an issue due to compression. Compressive forces of the knee are on a 1 to 5 ratio, so for every 10 pounds you are overweight it adds 50 pounds of excessive pressure to the knees.
“A big complaint of patients that are overweight is, ‘my knee hurts, so I can’t exercise.’ We hear this all the time. Since they can’t exercise they can’t lose weight and the cycle perpetuates. Under the guidance of a physical therapist we have the skills to reduce the pain while increasing cardiovascular output to minimize weight and start to reverse the cycle. Willingness to do the work and correct guidance is all it takes to reverse the changes of obesity and joint degeneration in the feet, knees, hips and spine.”
Progressive Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation offers personalized physical therapy to programs to meet all needs.