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2020 Sep 11

J Aging Health

Musculoskeletal Pain Experienced on Most Days is a Common Accompaniment of Ageing amongst Community-Dwelling Older Australians: A Questionnaire-Based Study.


Gilmartin-Thomas JF-M, Ernst ME, Nelson MR, Lockery J, Ward SA, Woods RL, Britt C, Murray A, Workman B, McNeil J
J Aging Health. 2020 Sep 11:898264320952914.
PMID: 32912103.


To describe the prevalence, location and impact of moderate to severe pain experienced on most days in community-dwelling older (≥70 years) adults who were ASPirin in Reducing Events in the Elderly (ASPREE) clinical trial participants. Cross-sectional ASPREE Longitudinal Study of Older Persons (ALSOP) data were collected from self-reported questionnaires administered to 16,439 ASPREE participants. Of 14,155 respondents, 41% of males ( = 2651/6475) and 50% of females ( = 3803/7680) reported experiencing pain on most days. One quarter of respondents reported experiencing pain on most days that was moderate or severe in intensity ( = 3560/14,155), commonly located in the lower back, knees and upper back. Of those reporting moderate or severe pain, 51% reported taking analgesic medication on most days ( = 1812/3560), almost one-third also reported regular interference with sleep (29%, = 1024/3560), walking (35%, = 1239/3560) and daily activities (41%, = 1467/3560). Lower back, knee or upper back pain is a common accompaniment of ageing.