Examining the Association of Knee Pain with Modifiable Cardiometabolic Risk Factors
There is a well-established link between obesity and knee osteoarthritis, and recent research has implicated diabetes as a potential cause of cartilage degeneration. This study uses the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) database to examine the association between knee pain and various metabolic factors. The study confirms the association of knee pain with increased weight, glycemic control, current smoking, and age. Most of these risk factors can be modified in patients with knee pain and should be discussed when providing conservative treatment options.