Osteoarthritis and obesity

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Arthritis Research UK
Arthritis Research UK
Date of publication
1 February 2009
Health Services
Social welfare
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This report focuses on the relationship between osteoarthritis and obesity. It starts by explaining what osteoarthritis is, and then how obesity impacts on the development of knee osteoarthritis.

It goes on further to state that persistent obesity increases the level of pain and disability while reducing the efficiency of pain-relieving drugs. As a result, the need for joint replacement surgery becomes ever more urgent the greater the weight problem. However 50 per cent of obese patients have a poor outcome from joint replacement surgery compared to less than ten per cent of those with a healthy weight. Finally the report explores the impact of weight loss on osteoarthritis.