Knee Replacements on the Rise

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The number of Americans having their knees replaced has skyrocketed, and older adults are getting into bicycling, but that’s leading to more injuries.

 

More middle aged Americans than ever before are getting new knees.  The Centers for Disease Control says from 2000 through 2010 more than 5 million people got total knee replacements, most of them adults over 45. Rates increased among both sexes but especially women up to 99%.

Older adults are getting into bicycling, but that’s leading to more injuries. A survey of emergency rooms finds bike injuries have jumped almost 30% in recent years. Cyclists over 45 are end up in the hospital most often.

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