Journal article

Can pain flares in knee osteoarthritis be predicted?

I Atukorala, A Pathmeswaran, J Makovey, B Metcalf, KL Bennell, L March, T Chang, Y Zhang, DJ Hunter

Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2021

Abstract

Objectives: This study examined whether risk factors for knee osteoarthritis (KOA) pain such as age, gender, body mass index (BMI), baseline pain, and other putative risk factors for knee osteoarthritis pain flares (KOAF) (e.g. knee buckling, injury, mood/stress/social support scores, and footwear) could predict KOAF. Method: People with KOA and previous history of KOAF were selected from a 3 month web-based longitudinal study. KOAF was defined as an increase of ≥ 2 points on a numeric rating scale (compared with background pain) which resolved within 20 days. Predictors assessed at baseline were gender, age, duration of KOA, BMI, pain, knee injury (7 days before), knee buckling (2 days befo..

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Grants

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)


Funding Acknowledgements

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is gratefully acknowledged for funding this study (Project # 1021655).DJH is supported by an NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship. KLB is supported by an NHMRC Investigator Fellowship.