Navigation Links
Military Members Face Raised Risk of Osteoarthritis: Study
Date:7/1/2011

FRIDAY, July 1 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. military personnel are at significantly increased risk of developing osteoarthritis compared to civilians, a new study has found.

The physical demands of military service may play a role in the increased prevalence of the painful joint disease, the researchers suggested in the report, published online June 29 in Arthritis & Rheumatism.

"Surprisingly, little is known about the osteoarthritis incidence in younger physically active populations," Kenneth Cameron, director of orthopedic research at Keller Army Hospital in West Point, N.Y., noted in a journal news release. "The active duty U.S. military population provides an excellent opportunity to examine the incidence of osteoarthritis in a young and physically active population that is regularly exposed to occupational activities with repetitive joint movements."

In conducting the study, the investigators identified 108,266 U.S. service members diagnosed with osteoarthritis between 1999 and 2008. Junior and senior enlisted service members and those serving in the Army had the highest incidence rates for osteoarthritis. The researchers noted that these groups engage in regular knee and hip bending, and also are required to meet medium-to-very-heavy physical demands on a regular basis, which may contribute to their higher prevalence of osteoarthritis.

The study also revealed that black service members were 15 percent more likely to be diagnosed with osteoarthritis rates than white military personnel and 26 percent more likely than other racial groups.

Women in the military also had a 20 percent higher osteoarthritis incidence rate than men. In addition, the prevalence of osteoarthritis among service members who were 40 years of age or older was 19 times higher than for those aged 20 years or younger, the report indicated.

"Further research is needed to determine the incidence of post-traumatic osteoarthritis and to explore the risk factors associated with this condition among military personnel," concluded Cameron.

Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, affects nearly 27 million American adults over the age of 25, according to the study.

More information

The Arthritis Foundation provides more information on osteoarthritis.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Arthritis & Rheumatism, news release, June 29, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Military Personnel With Mental Woes Before Deployment at Higher PTSD Risk
2. Dinner to honor icons of military medicine
3. Nonmilitary personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan more likely to be medically evacuated
4. Nonmilitary More Likely to Return to War Zone After Psych Condition
5. Families of Deployed Military Carry Heavy Load
6. US Department of Defense supports study of brain, eye injuries in military personnel
7. Military Deployment May Lead to Unhealthy Sleep Patterns
8. Sleepless soldiers: Study suggests that military deployment affects sleep patterns
9. Military experts provide civilian surgeons with guidance on handling bomb blast injuries
10. U.S. Military Surgeons Saving Childrens Lives in Afghanistan
11. UCLA researchers, US military collaborate to open center for traumatic brain injury
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Military Members Face Raised Risk of Osteoarthritis: Study
(Date:3/28/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... March 28, 2017 , ... ... announces today that the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) will acquire QuikClot® ... Western Pennsylvania. , The program, developed in association with efforts by the American ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... March 28, 2017 , ... ... leading physicians, Paul Yost, will begin serving as new board chair for Orange ... month. Yost will serve the remainder of soon-to-be former chair Mark Refowitz’s term, ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... ... 2017 , ... In its ongoing effort to educate consumers ... and published an informational resource that addresses frequently asked questions. , “ ... site’s team of third party administrator (TPA) contributors regularly receives as employers, benefit ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... Santa Monica, CA (PRWEB) , ... March 28, ... ... expert, Dr. Carson Liu of SkyLex Advanced Surgical, Inc. is thrilled to offer ... newest gastric balloon procedure, and this procedure adds to SkyLex Advanced Surgical’s ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... ... ... a common and unwelcomed occurrence in people of all ages, genders and ethnicities. Dermatologist Dr. ... of dealing with excess skin oil. “Oily skin is a challenge to many of my ... the oily shine while keeping the skin fresh and clean,” says Dr. Au. , What ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/27/2017)... 27, 2017   Pulmatrix, Inc . (NASDAQ: PULM), a ... serious pulmonary diseases, today announced that it has added two ... and asthma to its Scientific Advisory Board . ... Richard B. Moss , MD, former chief of the Pediatric ... Fibrosis Center at Stanford University, and ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... , March 27, 2017 ... to reach USD 16.0 billion by 2025, according to ... growing prevalence of chronic diseases is anticipated to be ... analyzers, which thereby widens the scope for growth during ... and bariatric population, which is highly susceptible to chronic ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... BOSTON , March 27, 2017  Allergan ... and Paratek Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: PRTK), a biopharmaceutical ... innovative therapies based upon tetracycline chemistry, announced that ... the treatment of moderate to severe acne met ... a once-daily, oral, narrow spectrum tetracycline-derived antibiotic with ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: