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how does body weight influence arthritis?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Wt. worsens symptoms: A person's back, hips, knees, and ankles take on a lot of stress when he carries a heavy backpack or gains 50-100 pounds in weight. Obesity can worsen joint problems such as pain, swelling, difficulty walking, or trouble climbing stairs. Even if the original cause of the joint problems were from other diseases or injuries, the heavier a person is, the more wear and tear the joints have to endure.
Dr. Farah Khatoon
Pediatric Endocrinology 19 years experience
Makes it worse: Weight makes joints wear out faster.
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
More symptomatic: Increased load in arthritic joint can potentially make it more symptomatic.

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