Rheumatology Center of San Diego

Excellent care for you and your family

Rheumatology Center of San Diego

Excellent care for you and your family

Integrative Weight and Wellness Program

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Many of us have struggled to achieve or maintain a healthy weight during the course of our adult lives. Diet, stress, exercise, and hereditary factors impact us all in ways unique to each of us. Overweight women have nearly 4 times the risk of knee osteoarthritis; for overweight men the risk is 5 times greater. Being overweight is a clear risk factor for developing osteoarthritis.


Will losing weight help with osteoarthritis?

People who are overweight can reduce their symptoms of knee arthritis by losing at least 20% of their weight. Millions of older adults have stiff, painful knees caused by arthritis. Arthritis causes a breakdown of the cushion of tissue inside the knee joint.

Every extra pound you carry translates into four additional pounds of pressure on your knees. This means that when you lose your first 10 pounds, you alleviate 40 pounds of pressure from your knees.

Tania Rivera, M.D.

Member of Obesity Medicine Association

Your Initial Consult

What to Expect During Your Initial Consult

Your initial consultation will be 40 minutes long. 


Book Appointment
  • Complete medical examination
  • Needs/Risk assessment and medical clearance
  • Review of the benefits and risks of the program
  • Nutrition and exercise counseling
  • EKG tests
  • Blood work, if not already previously completed within the past 6 months
  • Supplement counseling
  • Food substitution counseling

Program Planning

As the program progresses and you begin to lose weight and establish healthy habits, we will monitor and adjust your individual plan and medications (if prescribed) as necessary. When your goal weight has been met, we will work with you to ensure you are prepared to maintain your hard work through nutritional education and support services.

Follow-Up Weight Management Care (Monthly Visits) include:

* Weight and measurements, including body mass index

* Blood pressure check

* Review of diet log/exercise journal of previous month to help ensure long-term success with the program

* Dietary supplements

* Program forms

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