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Knee osteoarthritis, age and heavy lifting

Gabrielle Lis

Does working as an airport baggage handler for twenty years increase the risk of knee osteoarthritis, or is aging the real culprit?

There's a very strong link between age and knee osteoarthritis - the risk of knee osteoarthritis increases with age. Long-term heavy lifting also increases the risk of knee osteoarthritis. Technical lifting aids seem to offer some relief for workers with high exposure to heavy lifting at work. Knee osteoarthritis is common after the age of fifty. Age is the largest risk factor for the condition. Other risk factors include being a woman, be...

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