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Extra weight comes with more knee pain, stiffness

2012-6-29 10:17 

(Reuters Health) - People who put on weight are more likely to develop knee pain than those who stay the same or lose weight, says a new study. People who shed pounds saw only a modest improvement in knee pain, however, researchers from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, found. "Preventing weight gain, almost no matter what weight you start out at, is going to be the key to preventing knee problems," said Dr. Susan Bartlett, who has studied joint pain and obesity at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and was not involved in the study. Knee pain is one of the most common forms of joint pain, affecting around 18 percent of U.S. adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although the causes of the problem vary - from overuse and repetitive movement in athletes, to chronic conditions like arthritis - studies have pointed to a link between knee pain and weight gain.

By Natasja Sheriff
NEW YORK | Thu Jun 28, 2012 2:41pm EDT



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