Painful knees linked to pain in other joints
The pain of knee osteoarthritis is more severe in people who also have foot, elbow and lower back pain.
Researchers asked 1,389 knee osteoarthritis (OA) patients in America, aged 45 to 79 years, about pain in the lower back, neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, ankle or foot.
It was found that low back pain, foot and elbow pain were significantly associated with higher knee pain scores. In addition, pain in multiple joints, regardless of location, was associated with greater knee pain.
The above findings show that pain in the low back, foot and elbow may be associated with greater knee pain, confirming that symptomatic knee OA rarely occurs in isolation.
However, future studies are needed to determine whether treatment of pain occurring elsewhere in the body will improve therapy outcomes for knee OA.
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