Bunion treatment helps avoid knee osteoarthritis

Knee osteoarthritis linked to back and foot pain

In a study that was published in the journal Arthritis Care and Research, a team of scientists found that individuals who suffer from osteoarthritis (OA) in the knee also experience pain in their lower backs, feet and elbows.

Researchers examined the health data of 1,398 people with painful knee OA who were between the ages of 45 and 79, and found that 57.4 percent had lower back pain and a significant number had foot and elbow conditions as well.

"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. Future studies are needed to determine whether treatment of pain occurring elsewhere in the body will improve therapy outcomes for knee OA," said lead researcher Pradeep Suri.

The authors' conclusions that pain in one joint is associated with other problems comes as no surprise as it has been proven that when one body part is hindered in movement, it can cause a chain reaction of malfunctioning joints and ligaments.

Bunion splints help avoid back and knee pain

Results of the study suggest that preventing or correcting conditions like bunion or hammer toe may help individuals suffering from back pain or knee OA. Devices like bunion splints or orthotics may promote proper alignment, which may prevent or alleviate other conditions. 



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