Blogs from January, 2024

Man holding Knee that is glowing red

Osteoarthritis (OA) used to be considered a degenerative disease of “wear and tear” affecting older individuals. However, there is steady growth of OA in younger individuals (less than age 50). This is a significant health problem since these people will likely live with OA for a much longer time than previous generations.

Risk factors for developing early OA:

  1. Joint injury – such as anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear, meniscal tear
  2. Obesity – increases risk of OA by 2 mechanisms: excess body fat releases inflammatory mediators which contribute to the joint damage in OA; the excess body weight increases the load on the joint contributing to early wear and tear


Ackerman IN, Kemp JL, Crossley KM, Culvenor AG, Hinman RS. Hip and knee osteoarthritis affects younger people, too. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 2017; 47(2):67-79.