Hip and knee osteoarthiritis cases on the rise
Depending on the severity, osteoarthritis (OA) can be a seriously debilitating condition. This is particularly true when it takes effect on an individual’s hips or knees, joints that are essential for basic mobility. 2017 data published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases by Saeid Safiri, PhD, of Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, and his colleagues, shows a consistent and significant rise in hip and knee osteoarthritis cases, with total cases exceeding 300 million in the year of the study.¹
Of the estimated 303.1 million hip and knee OA cases as of 2017, 15 million were new cases in that year. Hip and knee OA is particularly prevalent among women. Reported cases also rise with patient age.
In his study, Safiri and his colleagues conclude, “OA is a major public health challenge. While there is remarkable international variation in the prevalence, incidence and YLDs due to OA, the burden is increasing in most countries. It is expected to continue with increased life expectancy and aging of the global population. Improving population and policy maker awareness of risk factors, including overweight and injury, and the importance and benefits of management of OA, together with providing health services for an increasing number of people living with OA, are recommended for management of the future burden of this condition.”
While society as a whole must take measures to reverse this dangerous trend through improved diet and exercise practices, total joint replacements can make a major impact for those suffering from severe hip and knee OA. TracPatch enables healthcare providers to detect and intervene before OA symptoms become severe. This early monitoring also helps providers and patients schedule surgeries for the ideal time. Following a total hip or knee replacement, TracPatch helps patients to recover at home while doctors still gain insights into the recovery process. The surface sensor technology monitors patient activity, daily range of motion progress, and provides real-time feedback on patient’s exercise compliance.
Whether you are a patient dealing with OA or a healthcare provider treating those with it, Consensus and TracPatch are ready to support you with industry-leading implants and trailblazing remote patient monitoring technology.
Global, regional and national burden of osteoarthritis 1990-2017: a systematic analysis of the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017