Weight loss for knee pain symptoms due to Osteoarthritis (OA)
New research suggests that obese patients who maintain their initial weight loss report fewer symptoms compared to their baseline symptoms.
Danish researchers found that the type of dietary intervention did not matter, what did matter is that patients had lost weight and kept it off. Weight loss seemed to be the reason for knee OA pain relief.
The study looked at patients 50 years and older with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 kg/m^2 and participants underwent a 16 week intensive dietary intervention before being put into a maintenance group for 52 weeks. The three groups consisted of one being a weekly meeting group with dietary products, a second that underwent knee exercises, and a third group that had no intervention.
Participants who were part of the dietary intervention group had the most success in maintaining their weight loss. Nonetheless, all the groups saw a decrease in reported pain from their baseline values at their initial visit. After 68 weeks the average decrease in pain was 15% over all groups from baseline values.
Tips to reduce Knee Pain:
- As shown by this research and other similar studies, dietary intervention and maintenance may be able to reduce knee pain.
- Acupuncture can help in many cases of pain syndromes, including knee pain due to varied causes.
- If knee pain is due to gait issues, posture, or joint problems, chiropractic care may be able to help. Your chiropractor will be sure your joints are functioning properly.
- Look at the feet. If your feet are having problems, they may be affecting your knees. Be sure you have proper shoes, and orthotics if needed.
- Being on an anti-inflammatory diet may help reduce systemic inflammation and pain symptoms.
- Be sure you are getting the proper amount of omeg-3 essential fatty acids. Omega-3’s are an anti-inflammatory that may help reduce pain.
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Arthritis Care & Research
The effect of weight maintenance on symptoms of knee osteoarthritis in obese patients: 12 month randomized controlled trial