In a study of women with knee pains, colder knees on exam and thermography were associated with worse condition, suggesting they might be a mild form of Complex Regional Pain.
Knee. 2010 Oct;17(5):319-23. Epub 2009 Nov 2.
Anterior knee pain and cold knees: a possible association in women.
Selfe J, Sutton C, Hardaker NJ, Greenhalgh S, Karki A, Dey P. abstract here
- Traumatic onset – blow to front knee
- Smaller patellar skin fold
- lower levels of activity
- Cold weather will affected their knees and they preferred a hot water bottle compared to an ice-pack on their knee
Comment – There is more understanding that arthritis pain is in part neurologically driven. Now it is becoming more clearly involved.