Obesity and Osteoarthritis

At COPC Sports, Spine & Joint we recognize the strong relationship between obesity and osteoarthritis of the knees and how it can impact our patients. Because we stress the importance of weight loss as a means of combating osteoarthritis of the knees, we have collected a few informative statistics that we want our patients to know about.

Obesity and Osteoarthritis

By: J. Todd Davis, M.D.

July 23, 2018

C OPC Sports, Spine & Joint wants to share some statistics about obesity and osteoarthritis (OA) of the knees.


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.


J. Todd Davis, M.D.

Dr. Davis is one of our sports medicine physicians that practices at the COPC Sports, Spine & Joint location. After completing his family medicine residency and sports medicine fellowship, he served as a team physician for the Arizona Diamondbacks. With his well-rounded background and extensive knowledge of sports medicine, he is able to provide expert care to COPC patients.

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