Examiner.com—January 24, 2011
But before surgery you might want to consider losing weight. A recent study of more than 38,000 patients in Australia found that there was a direct correlation between weight loss and the need for joint replacement. The correlation was especially strong for knees.
Even a small weight loss can help. According to Dr. Geoffrey Westrich of Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, being 50 pounds overweight puts 250 pounds of additional pressure on the joints. Conversely losing 3 pounds can subtract 6 pounds of pressure.
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