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Can weight loss curb the progression of osteoarthritis in the back?

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robo 24 Aug 2009

Weight loss may not necessarily curb the progression of osteoarthritis, but it is one of the lifestyle changes recommended to help manage the disease.

The goals of osteoarthritis treatment are to
* Increase the strength of the joints
* Maintain or improve joint movement
* Reduce the disabling affects of the disease
* Relieve pain

Exercise helps maintain joint and overall movement. Ask your health care provider to recommend an appropriate home exercise routine. Water exercises, such as swimming, are especially helpful.

Other lifestyle recommendations include:

* Applying heat and cold
* Eating a healthy balanced diet
* Getting rest
* Losing weight if you are overweight
* Protecting the joints

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