The fear of developing knee OA after a traumatic knee injury - And how to prevent it?

Christina Y. Le, Tjerk Sleeswijk Visser*

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If you have ever had a traumatic knee injury, you might be at a higher risk of developing osteoarthritis (OA) earlier in life than someone who has not had an injury.1 In fact, you might even need to get surgery to replace the joint.2 The upside is that knowing this connection between knee injuries and OA gives healthcare providers and patients a chance to prevent or delay the onset of post-traumatic osteoarthritis (PTOA).3 Unfortunately, until recently there were limited recommendations and research on how to prevent PTOA, so patients at risk might not get the care they need. That is why a group of physiotherapists, doctors, scientists and patients from around the world (called OPTINKEE) created a set of recommendations to help people take care of their knees and prevent PTOA.3 Having had anterior cruciate ligament injuries and working in healthcare ourselves, we are personally and professionally invested in this work. Below we would like to share our stories and how we think the OPTIKNEE recommendations might be useful for patients like us.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberbjsports-2023-107696
Pages (from-to)1579-1580
Number of pages2
JournalBritish Journal of Sports Medicine
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2023

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