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Could artificial cartilage be the answer to knee osteoarthritis?

On Behalf of | Feb 28, 2022 | Workplace Injuries

Delivery drivers have been in high demand these past few years as internet shopping continues to increase. While this profession offers many perks to those who enjoy customer service, ever-changing environments and ample time to themselves, sitting for long periods of time can do serious damage to our knees.

Truck drivers are especially vulnerable to knee osteoarthritis due to long bouts of sitting and repetitive twisting of the knees as they get in and out of the vehicle. Add in the extra weight-bearing demands from lifting and moving heavy boxes, and you could run into some serious health complications over time.

Cutting edge technology going to clinical trial

Many therapies exist for knee osteoarthritis, including yoga-style stretches, knee braces and even steroid injections. Previously, if these options failed to deliver pain relief, knee replacement surgery was the final alternative. This is a painful surgery that requires a significant amount of recovery time. However, new options are on the horizon as biomedical companies continue developing the cutting-edge technology of artificial cartilage.

One such company is Orthox, whose spider web-inspired artificial cartilage has received the funding necessary to go to clinical trials soon. Their technology is made from a protein made by silk moths. Not only could this technology offer fast relief from pain in those with worn-down knee cartilage, but it could also support the regrowth of natural cartilage around and within the implant.

Get the information you need to make the best choice

With several options already available and new ones on the horizon, there is no reason why you should have to continue to suffer from the debilitating pain of knee osteoarthritis. If your injury is due to excessive sitting because of driving, your employer may owe you workers’ compensation. This could include compensation for the treatment itself as well as the time off from work while you heal. Talk to a professional to learn about your options and the best next steps.