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Weight Loss and Exercise

Weight Loss and Exercise

This is a continuation of our series of articles from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons’ Full Guideline for the Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis.

Recommendation 3- Patients who are overweight should lose weight with an appropriate exercise program and change in diet.

Patients with a “Body Mass Index” greater than 25 should be encouraged to lose a minimum of 5% of their body weight.   Weight loss will make knees with osteoarthritis function better and improve the overall health of the patient.