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How Joint Injury Causes Osteoarthritis?
david_gomes posted:
Osteoarthritis also known as degenerative arthritis is a joint disorder. In this the joints become stiff and it pains badly due to the underlying cause. Many research has been conducted on osteoarthritis , to know about its causes and also to discover the best treatment to prevent this disease.

A new study was done by the US researchers at the University of Maryland that stated that the hip and knee osteoarthritis is also caused by the joint injuries. There is a link between them. They further informed that adults who have got the joint injury in their early age are suspected to develop the risk of getting arthritis three times more as compared to those who didn't get any injury.

This study was followed by 1321 graduates of the medical school for about 36 years. The contestants were thoroughly examined at entry level, when they were young, to determine the joint injury as well as the level of their physical activity. The annual morbidity questionnaires evaluated the injuries that were sustained after the completion of graduation along with the incidences of arthritis.

The following details of the data were collected by the researchers after the follow up was completed:
  • They found that those persons who got injured in their teens, are more likely to develop knee osteoarthritis and the risk for them rises by 6% to 13.9% by the age of 65 years.
  • The risk of getting knee arthritis, for people who got injured after graduation also increased by 6% to 11% from the age of 65 years.
  • The hip injury was linked with a threefold increase in the risk for hip arthritis in the future.
The researchers realized that their study has also some drawbacks. The entire participating study was generally done with males and graduates of the medical school. But still the study was better than the recent studies that have associated arthritis with joint injury and was drawn to a proper conclusion. The researchers reached to a conclusion that participants who got hip and knee injuries in their young age or in middle age determined to be as a high risk group. It was further stated that they should be treated first to make them safe by avoiding the possibility of osteoarthritis in the future.
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