What is the difference in outcome between non-weight bearing and weight-bearing exercises for the treatment of osteoarthritis (OA)?

Updated: Jun 10, 2020
  • Author: Carlos J Lozada, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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In a study of patients with knee osteoarthritis, Jan et al found that in most respects, non–weight-bearing exercise was as therapeutically effective as weight-bearing exercise. [120] After an 8-week exercise program, the 2 types of exercise resulted in equally significant improvements in function, walking speed, and muscle torque. However, patients in the weight-bearing group demonstrated greater improvement in position sense, which may help patients with complex walking tasks, such as walking on a spongy surface.


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