According to research presented earlier this month, physician-diagnosed symptomatic knee osteoarthritis (OA) is occurring on average 16 years earlier in life than what was previously found in the 1990’s. The research performed at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and was presented at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting in Chicago.
If the trend continues, the amount of healthcare utilization and especially the number of total knee replacement surgeries may need to be performed in the near future may dramatically increase. One result of such an increase was stated to be a significant increase in health care costs in the United States.
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