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Joint pain aggravates osteoarthritis of the knee

Patients with osteoarthritis of the knee, who also have pain in other joints, are more likely to experience greater knee pain, according to US researchers.

Specifically, pain in the lower back as well as foot pain and elbow pain on the same side as the affected knee were associated with more severe knee pain, said the researchers in the journal Arthritis Care and Research.

They studied 1,389 arthritis patients, aged 45 to 79.

They said: “Our 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.”

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