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Obesity Medicine

Obesity and Chronic Pain: What’s the Connection?

Many chronic conditions that cause pain are more common in people who are overweight or obese. Cape Fear Physical Medicine and Rehab, added a weight and wellness program to our practice to help our patients more effectively. Please contact us today for more information, or simply schedule an appointment online! We are conveniently located at 1540 Purdue Dr, Ste. 200, in Fayetteville, NC 28303.

Obesity and Chronic Pain Near Me in Fayetteville, NC
Obesity and Chronic Pain Near Me in Fayetteville, NC

How is obesity medicine linked to a comprehensive pain management treatment plan?

You may wonder why we have added a weight and wellness program to our practice. We’ve realized that many of our patients with chronic low back and knee pain (among other diagnoses) also struggle with obesity. They get caught between a rock and a hard place as exercise results in more pain, so they move less and gain more weight. The weight gain leads to more pain and the cycle continues. You may not be aware that for every 1 lb of weight, you exert 3 times this amount through your knees. So, treating your arthritic knee pain (or back pain) should include helping you reach a healthy weight to reduce the stress on your body. You may have been told you have (“bone on bone”) arthritis of your knees, but your orthopedic surgeon wants you to lose a certain amount of weight before having surgery. This is to reduce your operative risks and ensure you have the best outcome. Sometimes, people feel very frustrated by this since their pain continues and their weight won’t budge. Our new weight and wellness program can help you reach a healthy weight in tandem with our standard practice which offers a variety of procedures to help your knee pain (or back pain) to keep you moving with more ease.

Fill out the IVY Weight Loss and Wellness intake forms and we will contact you to set up an initial telemedicine visit specifically to address how your weight is impacting your pain and function. We offer evening and weekend telemedicine visits to better meet your needs.