Prevalence of knee pain differs across ecological landscapes of the Western Development Region of Nepal

Dan Kshetri, James Selfe, Chris Sutton, Karen Rouse, Paola Dey

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Abstract

Objectives To estimate knee and chronic knee pain prevalence in the adult population of one region of Nepal and compare rates across plain, hilly and mountainous landscapes. Methods A cross-sectional multistage cluster survey was undertaken in seven sites across the Western Development Region of Nepal. Regional and zonal weighted 12-month prevalence rates of knee and chronic knee pain were estimated. Logistic regression was used to investigate if ecological landscape was an independent risk factor for knee pain and/or chronic knee pain. Results The weighted 12-month prevalence of knee pain was 21.5% (95% CI 18.3% to 23.9%) in the 694 recruited participants, about half had chronic knee pain (10.9%, 95% CI 7.3% to 12.4%). Conclusions Living in a mountainous landscape was an independent risk factor for both knee and chronic knee pain.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-77
JournalPRM+ journal of quantitative research in rehabilitation medicine
Volume1
Issue number3
Early online date14 Jan 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 14 Jan 2019

Keywords

  • knee pain
  • ecological
  • landscapes
  • chronic knee pain
  • prevalence

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