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Researchers found that telehealth programs provide relief from osteoarthritis problems in people who are overweight or obese. This suggests that video-based exercise improves knee function in such people.

Washington: Researchers found that telehealth programs provide relief from osteoarthritis problems in people who are overweight or obese. This suggests that video-based exercise improves knee function in such people.

The study findings have been published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.

Osteoarthritis affects more than 32.5 million adults in the United States and is a major public health problem worldwide. Osteoarthritis of the knee is commonly associated with overweight and obesity, which increase pain and disability, accelerate the progression of osteoarthritis, and increase the likelihood of needing costly knee surgery.

Researchers believe scalable knee osteoarthritis programs are needed to deliver recommended education, exercise, and weight loss interventions.

Researchers from the University of Melbourne recruited 416 people with persistent knee pain to participate in the Better Knee, Better Me trial, where patients were randomly assigned to one of two 6-month telehealth-delivered programmes, one An information-only control group compared, with and without a dietary intervention.

During the trial, participants in the intervention groups were provided with support from a physiotherapist and dietitian via Zoom and had a suite of educational resources available online. Those in the exercise plus diet group also received meal replacements so that they could maintain the ketogenic, low-calorie diet.

At 6 months, the researchers found that compared to controls, participants in both programs had significant improvements in knee pain, physical function, and quality of life, which were maintained over the long term.

Compared to the exercise-only program, the combined exercise and diet program yielded additional benefits — including greater reduction in pain, greater improvement in physical function, less use of painkillers and an average weight loss of 6 to 22 pounds. Monthly program.

According to the researchers, these findings suggest that telehealth programs represent potentially scalable and accessible ways to receive recommended interventions for people with knee osteoarthritis.

First published:December 1, 2021, at 2 am

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