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Obesity and Osteoarthritis

5/23/2018 | J. Todd Davis, M.D.

Did you know? 

  • You are 7 times more likely to develop osteoarthritis of the knees if your body mass index (BMI) is >30
  • 15 pounds of weight loss leads to a 50% reduction in your risk of developing OA in the knees.
  • A higher BMI leads to faster disease progression once you have OA of the knees.
  • A higher BMI leads to a relative decrease in strength, which leads to decreased balance, which increases risk of falls and further trauma.
  • 50% of patients over the age of 65 who are hospitalized after a fall will die within a year from complications stemming from the fall.

Our sports medicine physicians can treat your symptoms with medications, ice, physical therapy, steroid or cartilage injections. But the single biggest improvement in pain from osteoarthritis of the knees comes from weight loss. 

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