While the prevalence of knee osteoarthritis (OA) increases with age, this condition can affect the health of a significant number of younger individuals who participate in sports and certain active occupations. The focus of this session is to provide an understanding of the biomechanical risk factors and underlying pathophysiology, and strategies for the clinician evaluating and treating the athletic individual with early knee OA. Our goal is to provide a bench to bedside translational session. This will involve three main parts: 1) The biological changes that occur in early knee OA and the association with physical activity. 2) Biomechanical risk factors for the development of knee OA and considerations for biomechanically oriented treatment options. 3) Counseling/clinical aspects of managing the athletic individual and their expectations in the setting of early knee OA. In particular we will be focusing on the non-injection/non-surgical treatment options available to the practitioner treating an athlete with knee OA and the evidence guiding these recommendations.
- Outline the biological changes that occur in early knee osteoarthritis and the relationship with physical activity.
- Describe the biomechanical risk factors for the development of knee OA and discuss considerations for biomechanically oriented treatment options.
- Discuss the counseling/clinical aspects of managing the athlete with early knee osteoarthritis.