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osteo arthritis acceleration due to trauma

By June 4, 2010 - 2:20am
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I was involved in a car accident last year and have had problems with my hip ever since. I have been told that I have osteo arthritis in my hip which could not have been caused by the accident and not being a stupid person understand this. However, I had no problems with my hip prior to the acccident and the arthritis has gone from moderate to severe since the accident. I believe the arthritis has been accelerated due to the trauma on my hip. I am desperately trying to find some evidence that this is possible. I have found some articles which mention that trauma can accelerate arthritis but would like to fins something more specific, Can any one help?

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Thankyou muchly Diane and Pat - oops I was anon too cos forgot to sign in


June 5, 2010 - 1:07am
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Anon - Most of the doctors I know are reluctant to make statements that could involve them in litigation. The specialists seem to have a lot of tunnel vision in terms of only dealing with the specific patient condition that's right in front of them and working to resolve that issue. I hope the articles Diane has provided help you and that you are able to get the care you need to resolve your health issues. Recovery from an auto accident, as I'm sure you know, can take a very long time and often is very stressful due to the multiple complicating factors involved. Good luck to you! Pat

June 4, 2010 - 4:57pm


Wow. You are dealing with a lot. I'm so sorry about your car accident and the resulting pain and arthritis.

Here are some links that might help you learn more about traumatic arthritis and whether it could be what happened to you:

From the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons:


From Sinai Hospital:


From eorthopod.com:


From zimmer.com, which has a good diagram and explanation of traumatic arthritis:


If you search for "traumatic arthritis" on google, you will get even more pages about this, which I know you've found in your research. Are your doctors disagreeing with you that it could be traumatic arthritis?

June 4, 2010 - 9:28am
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Anonymous (reply to Diane Porter)

So far the docs haven't even considered that the trauma may have accelerated the arthritis. As there is legal involvement due to the accident I think it is something which should be considered as I had absolutely no problem with my hip prior to the accident. It's an absolute nightmare as I have issues with my right shoulder, knee and wrist as consequences too.

June 4, 2010 - 11:28am
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