New Research Shows that Exercise Could Lead to Osteoarthritis

Posted on Dec 18, 2009

A new study found that a high amount of physical activity in midlife could increase the risk of internal knee damage, ultimately leading to osteoarthritis. 

According to the study, middle age people who sustain injuries had a higher probability for developing osteoarthritis, despite the fact that they showed no symptoms and had healthy weights.  These injures occurred more frequently among middle age individuals who performed high levels of exercise.  However, researchers did note that lower-impact physical activities, such as swimming and cycling, could be beneficial. 

Dr. Joseph Guettler, an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist, was quoted in an article on U.S. News & World Report's website as saying that the findings, "speak to the importance of low-impact aerobic activity, especially in knees that are aging and may not be as resilient as they used to be." 

The problem that was identified had to do with the bone and cartilage in the knee, which can crack and develop fissures that only get worse with time.  Guettler said that when people start experiencing these problems, "we know that they're going to have an increased risk for arthritis later on in life." 

Osteoarthritis can occur when the cartilage deteriorates in the joints and results in the bones rubbing together. 

If you have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, you may be entitled to disability benefits.

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