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Osteoarthritis Claims Growing Number of Younger Victims
Date:5/26/2010

uscles provide crucial support to the knee joint. People also should be careful about the amount of high-impact exercise they do and should try to drop some pounds if they are overweight, she said.

"I actually advise my patients that the same types of things we think are good for their heart -- regular exercise, eating well -- are likely to be the healthiest for their joints as well," she said. "We can't control our genetics. Some people are literally born with tougher cartilage. It's the lifestyle factors that are under people's control that absolutely factor into whether a joint injury translates into early osteoarthritis. There are things people can do to reduce their chances of having terrible knees at a very, very young age."

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SOURCES: Todd Stitik, M.D., associate professor, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and director, musculoskeletal/occupational medicine, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, N.J.; Constance R. Chu, M.D., Albert B. Ferguson associate professor of orthopedic surgery, and director, Cartilage Restoration Center, McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, University of Pittsburgh; Nov. 30, 2009, presentation, Radiological Society of North America annual meeting, Chicago; December 2009, American Journal of Sports Medicine


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