Correlates of knee pain among US adults with and without radiographic knee osteoarthritis

J Rheumatol. 1992 Dec;19(12):1943-9.


We examined the associations of sociodemographic variables, health behaviors, health status and psychological well being with radiographic knee osteoarthritis (OA) and self-reported knee pain for 4056 US adults aged 45-74 years. Among persons with or without knee OA known correlates of radiographic knee OA (age, sex, race, obesity) were generally not associated with knee pain. Radiographic severity, psychological well being and health status were associated with knee pain, both among persons with and without radiographic knee OA, suggesting that nonradiographic correlates of self-reported knee pain are independent of whether a person has radiographic knee OA.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Female
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Knee Joint / diagnostic imaging
  • Knee Joint / physiopathology*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Obesity / physiopathology
  • Osteoarthritis / diagnostic imaging*
  • Osteoarthritis / epidemiology
  • Osteoarthritis / physiopathology*
  • Pain / physiopathology*
  • Radiography
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Sex Factors
  • United States / epidemiology