Athletes and Arthritis
Osteoarthritis is a real hurdle for young athletes and commonly affects the weight-bearing joints, with the knee often being the first joint to trouble athletes and people who engage in high-impact exercise. The pain and stiffness from OA of the knee can lead to inactivity that causes the muscles in the leg to deteriorate, leading to a vicious circle of even more pain and inactivity. It can also cause a person to favor the other leg to offset their discomfort, which can lead to issues with the other knee. Recent research is proving that a combination of surgical and palliative techniques may be the most effective approach in treating and managing arthritis in active young adults.