Can an Accident Trigger Osteoarthritis?
I am in my early 30s and recently was in a car accident. I had an X-ray and was told that the accident triggered osteoarthritis in my middle back. How is this possible?
Despite an early age, traumatic injury to the thoracic spine has led to alterations of ligaments and tendons (and possibly bone) resulting in altered mechanics and regional blood flow in both vertebral bodies and the intravertebral discs. With loss of the cushioning provided by intravertebral discs in the back, thoracic vertebra are more inclined to grind against one another, with consequent increases in pain and stiffness in the involved area. As time progresses, the structural changes brought about by injury may progress to include adjacent regions of the spine, with generalized discomfort.
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Published On: September 13, 2006