Friday, August 28, 2009

Strong Thighs May Mean Less Knee Pain for Women

“Stronger thigh muscles can help protect women, but not men, from the pain of arthritic knees, a new study finds. The knee is the most common joint affected by osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease, a major cause of disability in the United States, researchers say. In the United States, nearly 27 million adults suffer from osteoarthritis, and 16 percent of cases in people aged 45 and older affect the knee. Almost 19 percent of symptomatic knee osteoarthritis patients are women and 13.5 percent are men, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

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