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Obesity, knee osteoarthritis and knee arthroplasty: a review

Saif Salih* and Paul Sutton

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

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BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation 2013, 5:25  doi:10.1186/2052-1847-5-25

Published: 4 December 2013


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.

Obesity; Knee osteoarthritis; Knee arthroplasty