Prevalence of knee osteoarthritis amongst perimenopausal women in an urban resettlement colony in South Delhi

Indian J Public Health. Jul-Sep 2010;54(3):155-7. doi: 10.4103/0019-557X.75739.


A community-based cross-sectional study was carried out in an urban resettlement colony in South Delhi to study the prevalence of knee osteoarthritis in women aged ≥40 years and treatment seeking behavior of women suffering from osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis was diagnosed by using clinical criteria given by American College of Rheumatology for diagnosis of Idiopathic Osteoarthritis of knee joints. A total 260 women were interviewed out of which 123 (47.3%) women were found to be suffering from knee osteoarthritis. Prevalence of osteoarthritis found to be increased with age. Less than half of those with osteoarthritis underwent treatment. With this high prevalence of osteoarthritis, there is need to spread awareness about the disease, its prevention, and rehabilitation in the community.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • India / epidemiology
  • Middle Aged
  • Osteoarthritis, Knee / epidemiology*
  • Perimenopause*
  • Prevalence
  • Urban Population / statistics & numerical data*