I have yet to see the Dr. Oz episode where I was in the audience as part of his OZ 100. I've gotten all sorts of fun comments from friends-- "Hey! I saw you on TV and you look great!" and "Your beautiful self was all over that show and you were smiling!" are two such examples. Neat, right?
I was catching up on blogs recently and one woman's denial about her knees magically healing themselves got to me. It also reminded me I wanted to check out exactly what it is was Dr. Oz was saying about your knees healing themselves after losing weight. I cried through that part of the segment. Big fat hot tears that just rolled down my face and I couldn't help it.
And they showed it! Bastards.
Click the picture to be taken to his site and the clip, you can see me cry just before the 4 minute mark.
But what the producers/editors don't understand is that those weren't tears-of-happiness-that-I-have-conquered-my-weight-and-now-am-pain-free. Hardly. They were tears-of-ohmigod-I-can't-believe-he-is-saying this because, at least for me, I know this not to be true. I know my issues are more than just OA. You can't have 11 knee surgeries and not expect some pain, but the arthritis is causing the majority of my issues.
I've watched the clip several times now and I believe he is inferring that the bone will heal itself if you lose enough weight and consequently it will not hurt. Maybe I am a freak of nature? Bone is capable of regenerating and healing, it has a blood supply. Cartilage is avascular and so therefore it's capabilities for regeneration are severely limited. Once the damage to your cartilage is done, it's done. If you are missing it in places and you have bone on bone no amount of weight loss is going to prevent them from rubbing together. Well, a surgery will, but if your OA is in all three compartments and you are knock-kneed then tough luck, wait for a replacement at 45. /blogress
The reason they tell you to lose weight to help your knees is to help PREVENT osteoarthritis. Once you have it though, you can only treat it. Losing weight will reduce some of the pressure on your joints and it will make them less painful because there is less force on them further tearing up your cartilage and bone. They will not magically heal themselves however-- even if you weigh nothing.