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Private medical cover customers who suffer sports injuries may develop Osteoarthritis, suggests study.

Published on 27/10/2010
Those diagnosed by their private medical cover provider with a sports injury may be at risk of developing osteoarthritis (OA), it has been suggested.

According to Arthritis Research UK, there is a lack of research into the potential effects of sports injuries and their link with OA.

So far, studies have revealed that 50 per cent of those diagnosed with common sports injuries such as anterior cruciate ligament or meniscus tear will develop OA.

However, not enough is known about this link and what can be done to prevent sports injuries leading to the condition.

A survey carried out by Arthritis research UK revealed that 56 per cent of the active public has sustained a sports injury such as sprained ligaments, fractures and broken bones, while 78 per cent are concerned about the long term consequences of such injuries.

Professor Alan Silman, medical director at Arthritis Research UK, said: "Despite the overriding benefits of participating in sport and exercise, there are hidden hazards related to sports injury.

"From the limited research carried out, we know some sport-related injuries will cause osteoarthritis, which is a painful and debilitating condition."

Around eight million people in the UK suffer from OA, which causes joint pain and stiffness.
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