High-intensity Activities and Increased Risk of Hip Osteoarthritis

December 29, 2016

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A recent Washington Post story discussed recent research in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy which shows that high-intensity activities appear to increase the risk of hip osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease. The article pointed to millennials who push themselves in endurance races such as the Tough Mudder or weekly CrossFit and metabolic conditioning classes that placed wear and tear on their bodies. Little downtime between routines or adherence to proper form are putting the long-term health of their hips at risk.

The article included Dr. Shane Nho, Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush hip specialist, who said, "We probably see at least a couple patients a week with injuries related to those types of intensive classes. The types of workouts these guys are doing ... they're doing it at all costs, despite poor form, mechanics, fatigue or their actual baseline level of conditioning."

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