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A 46-year-old member asked:

Is having knee arthritis at 19 years old normal?

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Dr. Jimmy Bowen
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 34 years experience
Knee Arthritis: No it is not normal. Did you have an x-ray that showed arthritis? Have you had previous knee injuries or surgeries?
Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine 34 years experience
No: Knee arthritis at age 19 is not "normal" but it can definitely happen. There are many possible causes. If you have had a previous injury to the knee "post-traumatic" arthritis may be the problem. If not then other causes include infection with a more sudden onset of redness and swelling of the joint and rapid worsening. Rheumatoid arthritis and other rheumatologic disorders must be considered.

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A 22-year-old female asked:

What are the chances of knee arthritis in a 19 year old female?

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Dr. Bruce Rothschild
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Mechanical: More likely a mechanical cause - instability or bursitis - but can be from inflammatory arthritis.

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