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J Rheumatol. 1994 Oct;21(10):1927-31.

Musculoskeletal complaints and associated consequences in elderly Chinese aged 70 years and over.

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  • 1Department of Medicine, Community and Family Medicine, Chinese-University of Hong Kong.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the prevalence and sites of musculoskeletal complaints and some associated health consequences among elderly Chinese.

METHODS:

A random sample of all subjects aged 70 years and over stratified by age and sex. Information collected by questionnaire at an interview.

RESULTS:

Nineteen to 41% of subjects complained of pain at various sites restricting activities, with a higher prevalence for women. The most common 4 sites involved in order of frequency were knee, upper back, ankle/foot, and shoulder. Back pain increased with age in men to reach the same frequency as women in the 90+ age group. Between 6 to 10% of men and 9 to 14% of women used nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs. Pain limiting activities were associated with a lower Barthel index, use of walking aids, increased frequency of doctor consultations, sleep disturbance, and higher depressive symptom scores.

CONCLUSION:

Prevention of conditions resulting in musculoskeletal complaints would be important in the promotion of healthy active life expectancy in the elderly.

PMID:
7837161
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