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Family History Of Knee Arthritis And Smoking

If you need another reason to stop smoking consider this. If you have at least one parent with knee arthritis and you continue to smoke you are likely to lose knee articular cartilage as well. We are not referring to the meniscus (which most patients refer to as “the cartilage”). Articular cartilage is the covering or cap over the end of the bone.

In a large study current smokers were found to have a higher prevalence of pain and cartilage loss than former smokers or nonsmokers.

Researchers also found that the effect of smoking in the development of knee arthritis was much stronger and more consistent in those who had a family history of arthritis.