Your Guide to Post-Traumatic Osteoarthritis

Bone and Joint Research Blog

Have you ever injured your ACL or sprained an ankle? If so, you, along with millions of others, may be at risk of developing post-traumatic osteoarthritis (PTOA). PTOA is huge problem worldwide, affecting about 5.6 million people in the US alone, and representing an annual cost of about $3 billion [1]. The incidence of PTOA is also expected to rise with rates of obesity and sports injuries [2,3]. However, few people truly understand what PTOA is, despite the sheer number of people affected by the disorder.

So what exactly is post-traumatic osteoarthritis?

Post-traumatic osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that can lead to significant pain and loss of mobility. PTOA affects diarthrodial joints, which are your most movable joints. Diarthrodial joints include knees, shoulders, and fingers. Traumatic injuries to these joints that lead to sprains (overstretching or tearing of soft tissue) or bony fractures can eventually…

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