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Falls with Knee Osteoarthritis

A study of adults aged 45-85 yrs shows that knee osteoarthritis (OA) is an independent risk factor for falls, suggesting a greater need for awareness and prevention.

Data were derived from a 3 year Canadian Longitudinal (Survey) Study on Aging examing those with reported knee OA or no arthritis at baseline (n=21,710). 

Overall, those with knee OA, 10%, reported one or more injurious falls (6% 1 fall, 4% 2+ falls).

Knee OA significantly increased the risk of falling (OR 1.33 [95% CI 1.14-1.56]), with most falls occurring indoors, while standing or walking.

Significant predictors of knee OA patient falling included a previous fall (OR 1.75), previous fracture (OR 1.42), and urinary incontinence (OR 1.38).

Awareness and clinical intervention are needed in developing fall prevention strategies.


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