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is having knee arthritis at 19 years old normal?

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Dr. Jimmy Bowen
33 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Knee Arthritis: No it is not normal. Did you have an x-ray that showed arthritis? Have you had previous knee injuries or surgeries?
Answered on Nov 6, 2012
Dr. Kim Fagan
Dr. Kim Fagan answered
33 years experience Sports Medicine
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.
Answered on Nov 7, 2012

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