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Table 3 Pain, activity restriction, use of health services, and medications for knee pain

From: Marked disability and high use of nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs associated with knee osteoarthritis in rural China: a cross-sectional population-based survey

  Knee pain
n= 404
Symptomatic
knee OA
n= 109
OR (95% CI)
Pain unbearable at times 36% 59% 2.0 (1.3 to 3.3)
Limited activity 39% 64% 2.4 (1.5 to 4.0)
Herbal medicine 25% 60% 4.4 (2.7 to 7.5)
Acupuncture 20% 40% 2.2 (1.3 to 3.8)
Massage 4% 6% 1.2 (0.4 to 3.3)
Other TCM 26% 35% 1.6 (0.9 to 2.6)
NSAIDs 78% 88% 2.1 (1.1 to 4.4)
Paracetamol 2% 6% 3.4 (1.0 to 11.2)
Other Western medicine 13% 21% 2.0 (1.0 to 4.0)
Physiotherapy 10% 17% 1.1 (0.5 to 2.2)
Doctor past year? 33% 59% 2.9 (1.8 to 4.8)
  1. Prevalence (%), adjusted odds ratio (OR), and 95% confidence interval (CI). Adjusted for age, gender, BMI, self-reported back pain, and years of education. TCM, traditional Chinese medicine.