Rheumatologist Questions Osteoarthritis

Can osteoarthritis be caused by being overweight?

My mother is overweight and has recently been diagnosed with osteoarthritis. Will losing weight help in treating her condition?

4 Answers

The answer depends on where she has joint pain. Knees are a very common site for osteoarthritis for overweight patients. Losing even a few pounds should help to reduce knee pain. If the pain is in other joints, weight loss may be less important.
Obesity affects arthritis for two reasons: First, the excess load on your joints can cause pain and discomfort and second, a number of inflammatory mediators produced in fat affect joint tissues and play a role in pain, just as being overweight is linked to increased arthritis pain, weight loss may help improve arthritis symptoms. Check out this article for more information: https://www.everydayhealth.com/news/reasons-lose-weight-with-arthritis/

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Losing weight may help. It depends if the arthritis is in her back, hips, knees, etc.
Hi yes definitely the more pressure on the joints the more pain it would be. So definitely weight loss is a big factor. She can also have hyaluronic acid injections into the knee to help lubricate the joints.