Annals of Internal Medicine recently published an article documenting that adolescents and young adults with traumatic injury are at substantial risk for developing osteoarthritis and its sequel (pain, stiffness, soreness, lack of mobility) in later years. For many of you, when it comes to your spine, I am sure that you could readily identify a certain problematic area that is a site of old injury.
Previous research suggests that trauma that compromises the joint
structures contributes to the development of osteoarthritis. However,
few studies have specifically examined the association between injuries
in young adults and subsequent risk for this debilitating condition.
Investigators recorded prior and current injury status in 1,321 medical
students with an average age of 22 years. Subsequent trauma and
specific arthritis sites were assessed using annual self-administered
questionnaires. After an average follow-up period of 36 years, it was
determined that prior joint injury significantly increased the risk for
later-life osteoarthritis at the specific injury site.
Based on the results of this study and my own experience, I must
continue to emphasize the need to consistently exercise these injury
sites and / or to receive manipulation or adjustments as it has been
individually recommended. The goal is long term health of your joints!
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