Patients with OA don’t ‘inevitably worsen’, review shows

But low education, high BMI and comorbidities predict poorer prognosis
Lydia Hales
knee pain

Most patients with chronic knee and hip osteoarthritis have stable symptoms over time, according to a systematic review looking at typical patient disease trajectories.

Studies have shown that the individual course of osteoarthritis varies widely, so researchers from the Université de Lorraine in Nancy, France, employed ‘trajectory analysis’ to discern the predictors of various patterns of disease progression.