Knee surgery is associated with greater odds of knee osteoarthritis diagnosis

Abbey C. Thomas, Janet E. Simon, Rachel Evans, Michael J. Turner, Luzita I. Vela, Phillip A. Gribble

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Context: Knee osteoarthritis (OA) frequently develops following knee injury/surgery. It is accepted that knee injury/surgery precipitates OA with previous studies examining this link in terms of years after injury/surgery. However, postinjury OA prevalence has not been examined by decade of life; thereby, limiting our understanding of the age at which patients are diagnosed with posttraumatic knee OA. Objective: Evaluate the association between the knee injury and/or surgical history, present age, and history of receiving a diagnosis of knee OA. Design: Cross-sectional survey. Setting: Online survey. Participants: A total of 3660 adults were recruited through ResearchMatch

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)716-723
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Sport Rehabilitation
Issue number7
StatePublished - Sep 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
An online survey regarding knee injury history, treatment, and diagnosis of knee OA was administered as part of a larger study for a random sample of 20,000 users of the ResearchMatch© national registry. ResearchMatch© is a national health volunteer registry that was created by several academic institutions and supported by the US National Institutes of Health as part of the Clinical Translational Science Award program. Adults aged 18 to 80 years living in the United States who had access to a computer, tablet, cell phone, and so on, with Internet access to complete the survey, were eligible. Eligible individuals were e-mailed a link to the survey between April 2015 and March 2016, which was administered using Qualtrics (Research Suite; Qualtrics, LLC, Provo, UT). The present data were derived from a larger study that examined the influence of ankle and knee injury history on current health and quality of life. To be included in the present data set, no individuals could have reported a history of ankle injury. Therefore, not all respondents to the larger study were included in the present study. Respondents were informed that the purpose of the overall study was to examine the influence of previous musculoskeletal injury on current physical activity and quality of life. The institutional review board at the University of Kentucky approved the investigation.

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  • Injury
  • Joint degeneration
  • OA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation


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