Post-traumatic arthritis can develop if, after an injury to the joint, the bone and cartilage don’t heal properly. When this happens, the joint is no longer smooth, which can lead to extra wear on the joint. Post-traumatic arthritis often follows serious injury to the hip, or repeated high impact or force to the joint. Injury to a joint, such as a bad sprain or fracture, can also cause damage to the articular cartilage. Once this cartilage is damaged, it doesn’t normally grow back. Instead, scar tissue replaces it, which doesn’t protect or cushion the bones in the joint as effectively.
Post-traumatic arthritis is treated in a similar way to osteoarthritis3.
Always discuss your treatment options with your doctor.
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