WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Researchers at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center have published a new study that claims exercise and weight loss can greatly reduce knee pain in people suffering from osteoarthritis.
The study called Intensive Diet and Exercise for Arthritis or IDEA followed 450 people ages 55 and older for 18 months trying to determine how a 10 percent or greater reduction in body weight along with exercise, or a variation of the two, impacts knee pain.
Sally Morris was one of the participants and said she is shocked by the results.
"Within 6 months of being in the study I no longer had to go through my nightly routine of taking the Advil and heating pad. I did not hurt at all," said Morris.
Dr. Mary Lyles said, "We don't fully understand what causes knee osteoarthritis but we know that the frequency goes up with aging. This study showed us diet and exercise is worth the effort."
The results of the study appeared in a recent "Journal of the American Medical Association" and said that diet combined with exercise did show significant reductions in pain on most participants.
"These patients had a nice reduction in their pain, an improvement in their walking speed and improvement in their function," said Dr. Lyles.
"I had mourned the loss of what I used to be able to do before the this and now I can again," said Morris.