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Weight loss dramatically improves painful musculoskeletal complaints
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Complaints of musculoskeletal pain are dramatically reduced in patients following a large amount of weight loss after bariatric surgery. Decreased Pain
Musculoskeletal complaints decreased from 100% of patients to 23%
“Musculoskeletal complaints had been present in 100% of obese subjects before, and 23% after weight loss,” the paper notes.
The greatest improvements occurred in the:
- cervical spine, which were reduced by 90 percent,
- lumbar spine, which were reduced by 83 percent,
- foot, which were reduced by 83 percent, and
- fibromyalgia syndrome (unexplained muscle pain), which were reduced by 92 percent.
Subjects : 48 people
The study involved 47 women and one man.
Weight loss : 101 pounds
Patients started out morbidly obese, with a body mass index (BMI) of 51, and lost an average of 101 pounds.
Conclusion : Weight loss helps reduce musculoskeletal pain
“The benefits seen with weight loss indicate that prevention and treatment of obesity can improve [musculoskeletal] health and function,” the papers concludes.
Hooper M, Stellato T, Hallowell P, Seitz B, Moskowitz R. Musculoskeletal findings in obese subjects before and after weight loss following bariatric surgery. Int J Obes (Lond). 2007 Jan, 31(1):114-20.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
Dr M. M. Hooper
Arthritis Translational Research Program
University Hospitals of Cleveland
3609 Park East Dr., Suite 307
Cleveland, OH 44122, USA
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