Are Cold Knees a Bad Sign After Injury?

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

Associations:

  • 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.

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One Response to Are Cold Knees a Bad Sign After Injury?

  1. Mike says:

    My dad is suffering from this Chronic Pain Syndrome. It started when he was involved in a car accident last year. We had to take him to a lot of specialists and he went through some theraphy sessions. It’s good that there are people like you who are willing to share their knowledge and expertise.

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