Rigorous physical training in the U.S. military causes significant wear and tear on the joints. Knee injuries have become the most common musculoskeletal injury in soldiers, which in the past could mean the end of a military career. Now researchers say advancing orthopedic technology and total joint arthroplasty, or knee replacement, are quickly becoming a popular solution for injured soldiers.
Past studies have shown that military personnel over age 40 are more than twice as likely to develop osteoarthritis as civilians. These injuries can have a significant impact on a young soldier and threaten the loss of their occupation.