Genetics of Glenohumeral Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal conditions

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Genetics of Glenohumeral Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal conditions


What is Glenohumeral Osteoarthritis?

The Glenohumeral joint is the primary structure of the shoulder. It is very important for moving your arm and doing everyday tasks. Glenohumeral osteoarthritis (GH OA) is when the cartilage in the joint wears away. This will cause pain and difficulty moving your arm. This condition affects a lot of people, but we don’t know exactly why it happens. Sometimes, certain genes in a person’s DNA can make them more likely to get GH OA. These genes are like instructions that their body follows, and they can make the joint more likely to wear down over time.


How was the research completed? 

Researchers plan to study the DNA of people who have GH OA and compare it to people who don’t have it. They will look at tiny differences in their DNA called SNPs. They will try and find if there are any patterns that are more common in people with GH OA. They will also study other bone and muscle disorders in the same way. 


What is the importance of this study?

This study will help us understand more about why some people get GH OA and others don’t. By studying the DNA of people with GH OA, researchers can learn which genes are involved and how they contribute to the condition. This information can help identify people who are at higher risk of developing GH OA and find ways to prevent it from happening. Researchers can also use this knowledge to develop new treatments for GH OA. Identifying what contributes to GH OA, researchers believe the findings will be able to help with other muscular conditions like knee and hip OA.