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Weight Loss for Management of Knee Joint Pain in Osteoarthritis

Dec 28th, 2010
Venus Ramos, M.D.

Osteoarthritis is joint inflammation that results in the breakdown of cartilage at the joints. The most common symptom of osteoarthritis is pain after repetitive use of the affected joint. It’s been found that body weight strongly correlates with joint pain. Clearly, being overweight will increase the load on weight-bearing joints such as the knee. The increased stress may hasten the degeneration of the cartilage which cushions the joint.

 

Research reveals that women who are obese have nearly 4 times greater risk for knee osteoarthritis compared to women who are not obese.  Obese men have nearly 5 times greater risk. If overweight individuals lose some weight, they can reduce their risk for knee osteoarthritis. Furthermore, studies suggest that weight loss can significantly decrease the knee pain associated with osteoarthritis.