Effects of Intensive Diet and Exercise on Knee Joint Loads | Chiropractor Penrith

Updated: Jan 13, 2020

Osteoarthritis is the leading cause of chronic pain, disability and reduced function among older adults, with knee osteoarthritis being the most frequent cause of diminished quality of life. Previous knee injuries, obesity and reduced strength of lower limb musculature all contribute to risk factors for the development of knee osteoarthritis.


Current treatments for knee osteoarthritis are inadequate; as an evidence-based musculoskeletal chiropractor in Penrith it is important to know and apply the best practice guidelines for the management of knee osteoarthritis. Only half of patients treated pharmacologically experience a 30% pain reduction, usually without improved function.


A recent study looked at the effects of an intensive weight loss intervention and exercise intervention in the management of knee osteoarthritis and found more weight loss, reduced inflammatory markers, reduced compressive knee force, less knee pain, better function and improved quality of life with the combine diet and exercise approach.


As a musculoskeletal physio, accredited exercise physiologist and chiropractor based in Penrith, Toby follows the national guidelines in the management of knee osteoarthritis and these will include knee pain reduction techniques, strength-based exercise and weight loss advice.


At Sydney Muscle & Joint Clinic our approach is consistent, high quality and based on the best scientific knowledge. We deliver evidence-based physiotherapy, exercise physiology and chiropractic for a range of musculoskeletal conditions, which means you get an approach that is effective, safe, and efficient. Contact your local Penrith physio today.

Messier S, et al. Effects of Intensive Diet and Exercise on Knee Joint Loads, Inflammation, and Clinical Outcomes Among Overweight and Obese Adults With Knee Osteoarthritis. The IDEA Randomized Clinical Trial. Journal of the American Medical Association 2013; 310: 1263-1273.