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Reconstructive Knee Surgery Linked to Higher Risk of Arthritis

| Apr 7, 2014 | Arthritis, Chronic Pain

Persons, who have undergone knee reconstruction surgery to repair knee ligaments are much more likely to develop arthritis in the affected knee. According to the results of a new study that was released by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, persons who have undergone knee reconstructive surgery are three times more likely to develop knee arthritis in the repaired knee, compared to the uninjured knee.

Knee arthritis is also referred to as osteoarthritis of the knee, a condition in which the cartilage on the bones begins to wear down. Earlier studies have also found that osteoarthritis is very often linked to knees that have undergone a reconstructive surgery, but the amount of risk was not determined.

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons estimates that approximately 200,000 anterior cruciate ligament injuries occur in the country every year. Very often, the surgeons treat injured knees by replacing the torn ligament with a replacement graft. Surgeons believe that between 10 and 15 years after the reconstruction is generally when patients begin to suffer symptoms of knee arthritis.

However, reconstruction surgery is not the only factor linked to osteoarthritis. There can be other factors that are linked to this debilitating knee condition, including excessive weight. Persons who have sustained multiple injuries to their knees may also be at a much higher risk of developing knee arthritis.

If you suffer from knee osteoarthritis or knee arthritis, you may be eligible for Social Security benefits depending on the amount of lost functionality as a result of your condition and other factors. If the lack of movement and motion, and pain associated with arthritis prevents you from performing routine tasks and working to earn a living, contact a disability lawyer today to discuss your situation.