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OARSI – Recommendation VI: Lose Weight

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July 18, 2010

This is a continuation of our series on the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) recommendations for the management of hip and knee osteoarthritis published in the Journal of Osteoarthritis and Cartilage.

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Recommendation VI

Patients with hip and knee osteoarthritis should be encouraged to lose weight and maintain their weight at a lower level.

Patients who are overweight should be encouraged to lose the extra pounds.  100% of the research team was in agreement on this recommendation.  Weight loss is also a core recommendation in 13 out of 14 existing guidelines for osteoarthritis treatment.  Four randomized controlled trials with data on 454 patients suffering from knee ostearthritis also support this recommendation.

The research team gave this osteoarthritis treatment option a Strength of Recommendation score of 96%.

W. Zhang Ph.D., Moskowitz M.D., et al. OARSI recommendations for the management of hip and knee osteoarthritis, Part II: OARSI evidence-based, expert consensus guidelines. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. (2008) 16, 137-162.