As the medical field continues to improve and develop, it is increasingly important for us at ORTHOKNOX to identify trends and differences among patients so we can determine more accurate personalized treatment plans for each individual patient. Due to differences in structural anatomy, hormones, and genetics, some studies have identified some trends in injuries and issues with female patients that are not as common in male patients and vice versa. In general, men suffer more soft tissue trauma, such as tears in muscles and tendons, while women are more prone to bone injuries and osteoporosis.
INJURIES MORE COMMON IN MEN
- Hip (30% more likely)
- Fingers (58% more likely)
- Prone to serious falls, such as while climbing ladders
- Soft Tissue Injuries
- Pectoral tendons
- Achilles tendon (injured 3 times more often in men)
- Due to heavy lifting, uphill running, or during sports, such as sharply weaving or during physical contact
INJURIES MORE COMMON IN WOMEN
- 8 times more common
- Reason unknown, but likely due to differences in anatomy, muscle strength, and neuromuscular control
- Twice as common
- Difference in stabilizing strategies
- Tendency to wear high heels and flip flops
- Carpometacarpal Arthritis
- Especially in the thumb joint
- Due to increased estrogen
- Weakening bones
- Also seen in men but less common
- Can increase risk for fractures
While the reason some of these orthopaedic issues are more prevalent in one gender over another is not always clear, some steps could be taken by people of both sexes to reduce their risk of injury. Unsafe activities, such as climbing tall ladders, should be avoided, especially in older patients, and high heels can be substituted for other shoes, especially when walking on uneven terrain. And as always, maintaining a normal weight and active lifestyle is a huge boost to the overall health of both men and women.
We are here for you at ORTHOKnox to help you or a loved one who needs orthopaedic treatment. Reach out to us if you have any questions. For more information about how the board-certified surgeons, orthopaedic team, or physical therapists at ORTHOKnox can treat you, call (865) 251-3030, or fill out our easy-to-use online appointment request form. We look forward to hearing from you!