Arthritis Therapeutics Market to Develop as Researchers Find a Unique Link between Walking Pattern and Risk of Arthritis
Osteoarthritis is the most prevalent arthritis that affects the hands, knees, and hips. Because it is linked to aging and physical activity, it is widely referred to as "wear and tear" arthritis (such as manual labor). Surprisingly, the way humans walk may lead to the development of osteoarthritis in the future because they unknowingly put pressure on particular joints when they walk.
People walk in various ways. Their walking style may not be as distinct as the fingerprints, but it is unmistakably unique. In a recent study, researchers looked at all existing research on the link between walking style and the likelihood of developing osteoarthritis. This study included 23 studies that gathered data from nearly 4000 people. The findings are significant for the Arthritis Therapeutic Market because they may aid in the development of new medicines based on people's walking patterns.
Now, an international group of experts claim that the way we walk can predict our future risk of osteoarthritis. Researchers discovered that people's walking habits are strongly linked to their likelihood of developing osteoarthritis. For example, if a person's knee swings outwards and back in while they walk, the chances of osteoarthritis in the knee increase practically double.
People create their stride instinctively, and because they are accustomed to it, they do not feel the pressure on their joints when they walk. However, this type of joint stress dramatically raises the risk of osteoarthritis developing or worsening. Scientists discovered that walking in a way that puts extra strain on the hips and knees can lead to osteoarthritis in the future.
In the future, scientists will employ a new to scan people's walking styles in 3D. This facility has 20 cameras. Data collected in the process will enable scientists to refine further their findings of the problems in walking styles and, possibly, design methods. This would help take that pressure off the joints to alleviate some osteoarthritis risks.
Osteoarthritis has no known cure. This condition is manageable, but it will deteriorate over time. According to experts, the only measures to lower the risk are physical activity and a well-balanced diet. However, individuals should ensure that their physical activity and resting cycles sync with their physical traits.
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