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What types of work cause osteoarthritis?

Gabrielle Lis

Osteoarthritis is a top-ten cause of disability worldwide. With an ageing workforce, employers are likely to see more claims relating to this degenerative joint disease. A new systematic review highlights the workplace risks, and the gaps in our knowledge

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative condition that commonly occurs in the knees, hips, finger joints and big toe, mostly in people over 40 years of age. It affects the whole joint including bone, cartilage, ligaments and muscles, and may result in pain, stiffness and numbness. Underlying these unpleasant symptoms may be inflammation, damage to the affected cartilage and ligament and the growth of bone spurs.  According to a 2014 report fr...

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