All people spend some days of their life doing sports sometimes. That might be running when you learn PE at school or take part in a football team and fight on the weekends. Even people at their middle age or older enjoy sport activities. And many people blame sports as a cause of Arthritis.
In fact, it is scientifically proved that doing sports can help improve the health of cartilage.
There might be some connections between sports injuries and cases of Arthritis. Most injuries related to the joint will be at risk of causing Arthritis or lead to the development of cartilage injuries.
First is joint dislocation which can cause considerable damage to the cartilage. If the joint dislocation happens frequently, it is likely to result in Arthritis.
Second is the injuries that many athletes or sportemen meet very often – Ligament Injuries. An ACL tear is the most common type of ligament injuries. It can cause severe damage to the cartilage which lead to early Arthritis.
Third is direct cartilage injury which is absolutely able to result in cartilage damage and early development of Arthritis.
Last but not least, fractures, especially fractures around a joint can lead to uneven surface after healing. Therefore, there is a chance of early Arthritis around that joint.
In conclusion, when diagnosed with Arthritis, patients should opt for sports that do not put much impact on the joint and cartilage such as swimming, cycling, yoga or walking.