Fast Five Quiz: Nonpharmacologic Management of Osteoarthritis

Herbert S. Diamond, MD


July 14, 2020

Figure 2. Osteoarthritis of the hip, colored radiograph.

In patients with osteoarthritis of the knees or hips, weight loss relieves stress on the affected joints. For example, for each kilogram of body weight lost, the knee experiences a 4-kg (8-lb) reduction in load per step and a 4800-kg (10,582-lb) reduction in compressive load for each kilometer walked.

The benefits of weight loss may extend not only to symptom relief but also to a slowing of cartilage loss in weight-bearing joints. Moreover, weight loss reduces levels of the inflammatory cytokines and adipokines that may contribute to the degradation of cartilage.

Learn more about the benefits of weight loss for patients with osteoarthritis.


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