Housemaid’s Knee: Knee pain prevalent in older females
Posted Dec 22 2011 6:36am
Nearly two thirds of women over the age of 50 in the UK are suffering from knee pain. A new study looking at the patterns of knee pain over the last twelve years in almost 500 participants found that almost half of women experienced osteoarthritic pain.
The participants in the study were considered to be representative of the general population in terms of height, weight, and whether or not they are a smoker. The researchers found that those women with a higher BMI were more likely to experience persistent pain alongside those women who had a previous knee injury.
It is thought that osteoarthritisA disease mainly of the large joints of the body, as a result of wear and tear of the surface cartilage. costs the UK £3.2 billion in loss of productivity every year. Treatments have traditionally focused on surgical procedures such as total or partial knee replacement although new, innovative treatments such as AposTherapy focus on rehabilitationThe treatment of a person with an illness or disability to improve their function and health. and revised gait patterns to alleviate the pain.