OA of hip or knee contributes to difficulty walking
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Why this matters
- Self-reported difficulty walking predicts adverse outcomes in chronic disease, including cardiovascular events and diabetes complications.
- Such difficulty can arise from undertreated hip and/or knee OA.
- 4690 participants (25.4%) reported difficulty walking.
- Factors with significant independent associations with difficulty walking included older age, female sex, abnormal BMI, stroke, respiratory disease, and, with strongest effect, hip and/or knee OA.
- A single OA-affected hip or knee raised probability of difficulty walking from <5% to ~20%.
- The more hips and/or knees with OA, the more likely an individual reported difficulty walking: for 1-4 affected joints, adjusted ORs were 5.05, 8.68, 13.98, and 21.17, respecti...5%>