Prevention at work needed to curb the worldwide strong increase in knee replacement surgery for working-age osteoarthritis patients

In the upcoming decades, hospitals and clinics around the world face a steep rise in demand from patients seeking knee replacement surgery. The largest increase in primary surgery demands is not among the classic knee arthroplasty population of patients aged 70 years and older, but among patients of working age. Until now, little-to-no attention has been given to work as a promising point of engagement for the prevention of knee OA and subsequent hospitalization, despite the unique opportunities that work offers.