Telltale signs of osteoarthritis
People who suffer from knee pain when using the stairs may be experiencing the early symptoms of osteoarthritis, which affects around 400,000 people in Ireland.
Research, published in the medical journal Arthritis Care & Research, aimed to investigate which patient-reported activities are first associated with knee pain, in order to improve early detection of osteoarthritis and increase the chances of people seeking effective treatment. The research is seen as vital to understanding early symptoms of knee osteoarthritis.
The study looked at 4,673 people who have, or are at high risk of, osteoarthritis. It revealed that using stairs was the first weight-bearing task in which people noticed pain. This was followed by pain emerging during walking, standing, lying or sitting, and then finally, when resting in bed.
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