Study Finds Knee Pain Increases Mortality

Unfortunately, osteoarthritis affects millions of people annually, and due to an aging population and several societal and behavioral factors, that number is only projected to increase in the coming years. While the disease results in frequent pain which often worsens over time, osteoarthritis of the knee may have a particularly negative long-term affect.

A new prospective cohort study of 4,182 men and women ≥45 years of age found that knee pain—with or without radiographic osteoarthritis (OA)—correlates with higher rates of death. This new study was conducted by a team of scientists from the University of North Carolina Thurston Arthritis Research Center at Chapel Hill in collaboration with Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital…1

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