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BMC Sports Sci Med Rehabil. 2013 Dec 4;5(1):25. doi: 10.1186/2052-1847-5-25.

Obesity, knee osteoarthritis and knee arthroplasty: a review.

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Department of Trauma and Orthopaedics, Northern General Hospital, Herries Rd, Sheffield S5 7 AU, UK.


The incidence of obesity is rising worldwide. Obesity is a risk factor for developing osteoarthritis in the knee. Obesity and knee osteoarthritis are independently disabling conditions and in combination pose difficult therapeutic challenges. This review will discuss obesity, osteoarthritis, and the problems associated with knee osteoarthritis in an obese population. Treatment options including surgery and its success will be discussed.

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