Arthritis likely after knee injuries


Here’s a story from The New York Times that I thought you would find interesting:

Limited research on the long-term effects of damage to connective tissue indicates that, no matter how young the patient, they have a 50 percent chance of developing arthritis within a decade.  This can be an issue of uncompensated damage in personal injury cases.

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The number of A.C.L. operations at 26 children’s hospitals in the United States has soared as more children and adolescents play sports that involve twisting the knee. Credit Mark Makela for The New York Times

When Jason Lalli tore his left anterior cruciate ligament at age 26, he thought he would be fine as soon as he had his knee repaired. As a soccer player who competed through college and then on recreational teams, he knew that A.C.L. injuries could be debilitating but also that orthopedists could fix them.

He figured that he would miss a season, but that he could play and coach the game he loved for the rest of his life.

Four years later, his knee began to ache, and the pain became more constant over time, nagging almost “like a toothache,” he said. Within about another year, Lalli’s doctor did more work on the knee and gave him bad news: He had arthritis.

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