Osteoarthritis Common in AfricanAmericans, Research Says
Osteoarthritis (OA) in the knee and in multiple large joints are more rampant in African-Americans than with Caucasians. However, OA in the hands are more likened to grow in Caucasians rather than African-Americans, based on a new study. For this reason, doctors find it hard to recognize when
African-American patients have osteoarthritis, according to their research about how this joint condition appears in two races. â€œWe think of multiple OA often being hand and knee or hands and hips and knee, which is more the pattern of Caucasian women. So we could miss cases in African-Americans who actually have large, weight-bearing joints that are involved,â€? as stated by study author Amanda E. Nelson, MD, an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy, and Immunology at the University of North Carolina Thurston Arthritis Research Center in Chapel Hill. Osteoarthritis is indeed a devastating condition. Most patients said that their daily routines are altered by it. Undergoing a hip replacement is the last resort of treating osteoarthritis. However, with
the hip implants being used, severe side effects may arise. Stryker Rejuvenate Modular hip device recall for instance, which prompts a series of side effects such as swelling, pain, and metal toxicity as experienced by its users. For a more extensive information about difficulties of hip implant devices, check out stryker-hip-replacementrecall.com For this study, researchers evaluated thousands of X-rays of hands, knees, hips and spines of black and white participants older than age 45. Researchers examined at 16 types of hand osteoarthritis in nearly 2,000 patients, and 32 combinations of osteoarthritis in multiple joints of at least 1,400 participants. Experts revealed that African-Americans were almost two-and-a-half times to have knee OA than Caucasians, and also 77 percent more prone to develop both knee and spine OA compared to
Caucasians. Granting that the stats were not verified to be of importance, still, African-Americans had a 30 to 40 percent greater possibility of getting osteoarthritis in the hip or in a hip, knee and back combined. â€œI think it is a very interesting article and it highlights the fact that, although osteoarthritis is so common, there is still a lot we have to learn about the clinical presentation of the disease, especially in different populations,â€? announces Carla Scanzello, MD, PhD, of the department of rheumatology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. â€œHand OA creates a different type of disability than OA affecting large joints like knees and hips. So understanding how those patterns differ in different individuals will allow us to apply treatment modalities and support in appropriate patient populations."
Sources: osteoarthritis.about.com/od/osteoarthritis101/a/ethnicity.htm news.unchealthcare.org/news/2011/october/more-africanamericans-burdened-by-osteoarthritis-in-multiple-large-joints