Joint Pain Predicts Osteoarthritis in Younger Adults

A history of knee or hip injury and other risk factors such as high body mass index (BMI) were associated with persistent joint pain in young and middle-aged adults, which in turn might predict future osteoarthritis (OA), Danish researchers reported.

On multivariate analyses, the relative risk for reporting persistent pain in the past month among women ages 29 to 39 who had a previous knee or hip injury was 3.05 (95% CI 1.84-5.05), while for men of the same age the relative risk was 2.34 (95% CI 1.23-4.47), according to Jonas B. Thorlund, PhD, and colleagues from the University of Southern Denmark in Odense.

In addition, a family history of OA was significantly associated with persistent pain among women under 40, with a relative risk of 2.92 (95% CI 1.32-6.45), the team reported online in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders.

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Tiffany Campbell
Tiffany Campbell

Tiffany Campbell has over 12 years in clinical research. She has been the Executive Director at a leading institute and worked at Indiana University, Regenstrief & Indiana Clinical Translational Sciences Institute. She's been an international consultant with multiple clients including Google. Tiffany is a behavioral economics geek who loves her family including her pet Pomsky 'Luna' who has a special place in her heart. She has a passion & drives to create & grow products and businesses that change peoples' lives for the better.
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