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She Blinded Me With Science Part 6: Effect of Weight Management on Joint Pain

By Deborah Westergaard, MD

 In this installment of "She Blinded Me With Science," we explore the critical relationship between weight loss and joint pain relief, particularly in the context of orthobiologic treatments.

Understanding the Study

 A study published in Arthritis & Rheumatism examines the effects of weight loss on knee-joint loads among overweight and obese adults with knee osteoarthritis.

Key Findings

 Remarkably, the study reveals that each pound of weight loss can reduce the load on the knee by four times. This means shedding just 5 pounds can alleviate up to 20 pounds of pressure from the knees.

Implications for Patients and Physicians 

These insights are invaluable for both patients and healthcare professionals. They highlight the significant role of weight management in joint pain relief and the enhancement of orthobiologic treatment outcomes.

Moving Forward

Encouraging individuals experiencing joint pain to integrate weight management into their treatment strategy is vital. As an orthobiologic specialist, I advocate for a holistic approach to health, combining advanced medical treatments with lifestyle modifications for optimal well-being.

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               Deborah Westergaard, MD

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