They bear the brunt of a lot of weight every single day. And as such they are highly susceptible to wear and tear…and pain. A new piece of health news shows the toll that knee pain takes on society — particularly in women over the age of 50.
The new study shows that 63% of these women suffer persistent, incident, or intermittent knee pain over a 12-year period. The biggest contributors to this are bearing excess weight (having a higher body mass index), having suffered a previous knee injury, or experiencing the joint pain caused by osteoarthritis.
More than 27 million Americans over age 25 suffer from osteoarthritis. Pain is the most problematic symptom. And knees are where it strikes most often. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that job-related osteoarthritis costs $3.4 billion to $13.2 billion per year.Also Read ==> Pain Behind Knee – Causes and Natural Treatments
Older studies have found that knee osteoarthritis is linked with impaired physical function and exerts a substantial toll on society. The CDC reported that close to 500,000 total knee replacements were performed in the U.S. in 2004, with more than $14.0 billion spent on hospital costs related to the procedure.The new study is the first community-based investigation of knee pain patterns taking multiple measures over 12 years. Understanding how common knee pain is, and what may cause it, is important in understanding prevention and treatment options for those who suffer the pain or are at risk.
Researchers used data from a big study on osteoarthritis and osteoporosis that first began in 1989. More than 1,000 women between the ages of 44 and 57 years (median age of 52 years) participated in this UK-based study. At the end, data relating to self-reported knee pain were analyzed and used to classify the 489 remaining participants into four pain groups based on how often they experienced pain.
They found 44% had “any days of pain” and 23% for “pain on most days of the previous month.” Of those two groups, respectively, nine percent and two percent had persistent pain; 24% and 16% had incident pain; and 29% and 18% had intermittent pain. A higher BMI led to more persistent and incident pain, while osteoarthritis predicted the chronic, persistent pain.
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