Dr. Jackie Whittaker, University of British Columbia - Arthritis Research Canada
Christina Le, University of Alberta - Arthritis Research Canada
The finding: Youth who have had a sports-related knee injury are more likely to develop knee osteoarthritis (OA). Researchers found that youth and young adults experience a poorer health-related quality of life – including physical, psychological, and social aspects – even as long as three to 12 years after injury. Those with previous knee injuries who had a more complex injury history, injury type, or knee pain were even more likely to experience poorer outcomes.
The future: Understanding the factors that influence the quality of life of young people with a history of knee injury will help inform knee injury management, rehabilitation, and OA prevention strategies.