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11/24/2009 04:26 AM

Link Between Childhood Physical Abuse & Arthritis

suebaby41
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Adults who had experienced physical abuse as children have 56 per cent higher odds of osteoarthritis compared to those who have not been abused, according to a new study by University of Toronto researchers.

University of Toronto researchers investigated the relationship between self-reported childhood physical abuse and a diagnosis of osteoarthritis (OA). After analyzing representative data from the 2005 Canadian Community Health Survey, the researchers determined a significant association between childhood physical abuse and osteoarthritis in adulthood.

The study is published in the November issue of the journal Arthritis Care & Research.

Osteoarthritis is an often debilitating chronic condition that affects millions of adults. "We found that 10.2 per cent of those with osteoarthritis reported they had been physically abused as children in comparison to 6.5 per cent of those without osteoarthritis," says lead author Esme Fuller-Thomson of U of T's Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work and Department of Family and Community Medicine. "This study provides further support for the need to investigate the possible role that childhood abuse plays in the development of chronic illness."

Co-author Sarah Brennenstuhl, a doctoral student at the University of Toronto, stated that, "We were surprised that the significant association between childhood physical abuse and osteoarthritis persisted even after controlling for major potentially confounding factors such as obesity, physical activity levels as well as age, gender, income and race."

According to Fuller-Thomson, one important avenue for future research is to investigate the pathways through which arthritis may develop as a consequence of childhood physical abuse.

Source: Joyann Callender

University of Toronto

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/169645.php

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11/24/2009 06:24 AM
hatbox121
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Wow. That's very interesting. i guess maybe the injury to the joints?

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11/26/2009 04:28 AM
suebaby41
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I think that would be the case. So many abused children have broken bones.

11/26/2009 03:47 PM
valenaann68
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I think you're right, Sue. I can see why physical abuse would lead to something like osteoarthritis. Excessive wear and tear on the joints, especially if the child is yanked around by the arms a lot. That would tear up the shoulder joints.

I think that people who abuse children, whether physically or sexually, need to be shot, hung, drawn and quartered, etc!


11/26/2009 07:35 PM
hatbox121
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I agree Melody! I was abused as a child. Not physically though, but I'm sure that's what set off my FM.

11/28/2009 10:56 AM
valenaann68
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I'm sorry that happened to you, Amy. I have had things happen to me and I guess it just makes me overly protective of children. I get so angry when I hear about these ***(*^&&*#!%^'s doing things to children, especially when they get little to no jail time.

What happened to Hammurabi's Code? An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth....


11/28/2009 06:36 PM
hatbox121
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That's life. I've come to terms with it so it's all right.

11/29/2009 12:59 PM
suebaby41
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No, it is never all right! I am glad you have come to term with the abuse for your sake. Hate does more harm to the person doing the hating than to the person hated.

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11/29/2009 04:32 PM
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Sue, I don't mean what happened was all right. Just that I'm all right. Bad stuff happens to everyone. I'm not letting anything like that have a hold on me.

11/29/2009 04:39 PM
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