Obesity Increases the Odds of Knee Dislocations

Obesity can increase the risk of knee dislocations and scientists are suggesting people balance their weight. When knee injuries left untreated it can lead to leg amputation as obesity greatly increases the complications and risks.

According to a latest research, increase in “low-energy,” especially among obese peoples can cause dislocations. The research’s study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma.

The researchers observed more than 19,000 knee dislocation cases in the United States between 2000 and 2012.

When the team of researchers started analyzing the US Nationwide Inpatient Sample’s database of patients, they discovered that obese patients made up 8 percent in 2000. In 2012, the rate rose to 19.

Knee dislocations occur due to the multiple cracked ligaments in the joint and it disrupts the knee. Dr Joey Johnson said that vascular injury risk might be less likely occurs among people suffering from a low-energy knee dislocation. Dr. Johnson is an orthopedic trauma fellow at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and a physician at Rhode Island Hospital.

Physicians should be alert about vascular injury in obese knee dislocation patients, suggests Dr Johnson and co-author Dr Christopher Born, a professor of Orthopaedics at Brown.

“That patient could lose the leg and their life could be changed forever,” said Dr. Born.

He also suggested that doctors need to be careful while evaluating the damage of patients who come with complaints of knee pain.

Moreover, patients who were suffering from vascular injury stayed for an average of 15.3 days in the hospital, and others without vascular injury stayed for 7.4 days.

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