Friday, August 1, 2008

Musculoskeletal disorders associated with obesity

To date, the majority of research has focused on the impact of obesity on bone and joint disorders, such as the risk of fracture and osteoarthritis. However, emerging evidence indicates that obesity may also have a profound effect on soft-tissue structures, such as tendon, fascia and cartilage.

Although the mechanism remains unclear, following is the possible mechanism:

functional and structural limitations imposed by the additional loading of the locomotor system in obesity have been almost universally accepted to produce abnormal mechanics during locomotor tasks, thereby unduly raising stress within connective-tissue structures and the potential for musculoskeletal injury.

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