ACL Injuries may help discover a cure for Osteoarthritis

Big news for those of you with osteoarthritis!

The Arthritis Foundation just awarded a one million dollar, multi-institutional grant tasked to discover methods of detecting and reversing osteoarthritis (OA) before symptoms even appear.

ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tears in the knee serve as a major risk factor for developing OA. More than 200,000 people in the US tear their ACL each year. This injury often leads to a diagnoses of OA within 10-20 years of injury. The tearing of the ACL triggers the onset of osteoarthritis at a molecular and cellular level and continues for years after the tear occurs, making it an ideal model for OA research. By studying people who have recently torn their ACL, researchers hope to be able to mark out the progression of the condition. Once we better understand how the condition begins and progresses, we should be able to develop a treatment and possibly even a cure with much more ease and accuracy.

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