Keeping younger OA patients active

By Maureen Leahy

Due to the breakdown of cartilage that can occur with aging, osteoarthritis (OA) is often associated with older patients. However, OA is becoming increasingly common in younger, active patients (aged 40 to 60 years), especially those who have sustained serious joint injuries, such as anterior cruciate ligament tears.

What challenges, if any, are associated with treating OA of the knee in this patient population? AAOS Now posed this question and others to Brian T. Feeley, MD, lead author of “Management of Osteoarthritis of the Knee in the Active Patient,” which appears in the July issue of the Journal of the AAOS (JAAOS).

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