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Saturday
Feb192011

Study: Weight Loss Could Ease Osteoarthritis Knee Pain

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) -- Researchers say they have a simple solution for osteoarthritis-related knee pain, they suggest losing weight.

According to a release from the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, researchers say they’ve found that patients who had early-onset knee osteoarthritis experienced a decrease in pain after undergoing isolated weight loss via bariatric surgery. Researchers studied 24 patients in the 30-67 age range, who were diagnosed as obese with evidence of knee osteoarthritis. The patients in the study were given surveys to complete before and after undergoing bariatric surgery.

"There are few studies that have investigated the role of isolated weight loss in the absence of additional arthritis treatment on those individuals with radiographically confirmed osteoarthritis," said researcher Christopher Edwards of the Penn State College of Medicine. "Further research still needs to be performed to investigate whether knee arthritis symptom improvement continues over time and are applicable to those individuals who are simply overweight."

Osteoarthritis-related knee pain is common among retired athletes, and osteoarthritis in the knee is one of the leading causes of disability among elderly men and women, according to the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. The disease is said to be responsible for over $185 billion in out-of-pocket expenses annually, and obesity is listed as one of the leading risk factors for the disease.

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