Knee Pain Knee Pain?
A 67-year-old woman with knee pain
Written by Catharine Paddock PhD. In a Cochrane review, use of opioids for hip and knee arthritis was found to be effective for pain control and improvement in physical function; however, because of a high rate of adverse events, the authors did not recommend the routine use of opioids for the treatment of osteoarthritis. Over the past decade, there has been increasing evidence against the use of arthroscopy in the management of knee osteoarthritis. By growing new cartilage in the lab, researchers are now able to repair it. Finding that separate factors appear to predict pain patterns differently eg BMI predicted persistent and incident patterns while OA predicted only persistent pain patterns may be why studies that measure pain at one time point seem to show inconsistent relationships between pain predictors and pain patterns, they add. Here's what may put you at risk.