Studies have shown evidence that hypertension may be a risk factor for knee osteoarthritis, however, the link is unclear and still quite controversial.
A study published in 2017 by Zhang, Wang & Liu, aimed to assess the relationship between hypertension and knee osteoarthritis. Ultimately finding the underlying cause of knee osteoarthritis could offer insight on preventative methods.
Hypertension is a component of metabolic syndrome has been identified as being the 3rd leading cause of disability worldwide. A new classification for identifying the genetic make-up for osteoarthritis suggested it includes metabolic syndrome, aging, and posttraumatic-related osteoarthritis. Studies have indicated that components of metabolic syndrome, such as hypertension, may be independent risk factors for knee osteoarthritis.
Zhang, Wang & Lui concluded that hypertension was significantly associated with higher rates of radiographic and symptomatic knee osteoarthritis risks. Hypertension and osteoarthritis are both highly prevalent diseases with several overlapping risk factors that would indicate a plausible relationship. More research is needed to accurately define and identify a more concrete understanding of how osteoarthritis and hypertension are related.
While there are many possible areas of research and clinical application, orthopedics has been used more commonly with more clinical research presently. More studies are needed to better understand applications outside of orthopedics and sports medicine.
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