Most people believe arthritis is only caused by the process of getting older, however, injuries resulting from a single traumatic event such as an auto or motorcycle accident can lead to posttraumatic arthritis. For example, someone who has injured their knee, wrist or shoulder in a car accident may eventually suffer from posttraumatic arthritis. Usually, it progresses gradually and symptoms may not manifest for months or even years. When a joint has been injured the cartilage that serves as a cushion wears away causing the bones of the joint to rub together. The onset of symptoms of posttraumatic arthritis include joint pain, tenderness, swelling, stiffness and decreased mobility. Similar to arthritis, symptoms develop slowly and can worsen over time leaving someone in debilitating pain for the remainder of their life.
After a traumatic injury to your joints such as your knee, ankle, shoulder or hip, talk to your doctor about the possibility of developing posttraumatic arthritis. For more information contact our office.