Obesity treatment could be needed by seriously overweight individuals to help stop the damage incurred to their knees.
According to recent research presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, obesity results in a number of complications in hip and knee joints.
The study looked at ten morbidly obese patients with knee osteoarthritis. They lost an average of 51 pounds in one year after undergoing bariatric surgery.
After this obesity treatment, the individuals showed significant improvement in the knee pain and function.
Michael Sridhar, co-investigator at resident at Emory University, commented: "For a long time people felt there was nothing they could do to mitigate the debilitating effects of knee arthritis, but now we know that surgically-assisted weight loss is a way that folks can help themselves."
Following the report, professor Alan Silman, medical director of the medical research charity Arthritis Research UK, noted that obesity is also a problem in joint replacements.
He explained that surgeons often advise patients to lose weight before undergoing replacements.