Chrome 2001
.
Aetna Intelihealth InteliHealth Aetna Intelihealth Aetna Intelihealth
 
.
. .
.
Chrome 2001
Chrome 2001
Health News Health News
.
Will You Need Knee Replacement? Maybe Your Hand Can Tell You
March 07, 2014

 

FRIDAY, March 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The closer in length your ring and index fingers are, the greater your risk of developing severe knee osteoarthritis that requires total knee replacement, a new study claims.

Researchers examined the hands of more than 14,500 middle-aged and older people in Australia, and followed them for an average of more than 10 years. During that time, 580 people had total knee replacements and about 500 had total hip replacements.

Having ring and index fingers that were closer in length was associated with a higher risk of requiring total knee replacement due to osteoarthritis, according to the study, which was published online March 4 in the journal Rheumatology. The association was stronger with fingers on the right hand.

Osteoarthritis, which is related to normal wear and tear of joints, is the most common type of arthritis.

The study did not find any evidence of a link between the lengths of ring and index fingers and the risk of total hip replacement.

Previous studies have suggested that there may be an association between the ratio of ring and index fingers and athletic ability, study author Dr. Yuanyuan Wang, of the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University, in Melbourne, Australia, said in a journal news release.

The researchers couldn't fully explain the new findings. It might be that participants with lower index- to ring-finger ratios performed higher-intensity physical activity, thus putting their knees at more risk. It also might be that knee arthritis is more vulnerable after injury than hip arthritis, Wang said.

The findings, however, "may also reflect hormonal influences on the growth of bone, cartilage and soft tissue, which warrants further investigation," he added.

The study only found an association between finger length and the risk of needing total knee replacement. It did not show cause-and-effect.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases has more about osteoarthritis.

Copyright © 2014 HealthDay. All rights reserved.


SOURCE: Rheumatology, news release, March 4, 2014...

InteliHealth
.
.
.
.
.
More News
InteliHealth .
.
General Health News
Today's News
Today In Health History
This Week In Health
Addiction News
Allergy News
Alzheimer's News
Arthritis News
Asthma News
Babies News
Breast Cancer News
Bronchitis News
Cancer News
Cervical Cancer News
Children's Health News
Cholesterol News
Dental/Oral Health News
Depression News
Diabetes News
Ear, Nose And Throat News
Environmental Health News
Eye News
Fitness News
Genetics News
Headache News
Health Policy News
Heart Attack News
Heart Failure News
Heart Health News
HIV/AIDS News
Infectious Diseases News
Influenza News
Lung Cancer News
Medication News
Men's Health News
Mental Health News
Multiple Sclerosis News
Nutrition News
Parkinson's News
Pregnancy News
Prostate Cancer News
Schizophrenia
Senior Health News
Sexual/Reproductive Health News
Sexual dysfunction
Sleep News
STDs News
Stroke News
Tobacco Cessation News
Weight Management News
Women's Health News
.
.
.
.
InteliHealth
    Print Printer-friendly format    
   
.  
This website is certified by Health On the Net Foundation. Click to verify.
.