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Connective Tissue Injury

Genetic risk factors contribute for connective tissue injury

If you have noticed that you take a long time to fully heal soft-tissue injuries, you may be more prone to have ligament and tendon sprains and strains, due to your genetic makeup.  The gene GDF5 is associated with specific musculoskeletal soft tissues injuries. This gene encodes a protein involved in the maintenance, development and repair of bones, cartilage and various other musculoskeletal soft tissues such as tendons, including Achilles tendinosis.