Dr Hafiz Samiullah,Dr Ikram Muhammad Zaman Naseem,Dr Iqra Soofi
The most prevalent health hazards in the worlds population is chronic diseases of musculoskeletal system. Out of these the major public health issue is knee osteoarthritis which is related to age. It is defined as degenerative joint disease which occurs due to wear and tear consequently in progressive loss of articular cartilage, functional impairment, disability and ultimately decreasing the quality of life of individual. Population above 60 years old about 10% commonly complain of this condition. Whereas in United States population over age 60 years about 37% present with diagnosed knee osteoarthritis. Due to aging of world population, it has been estimated that in 2025 the prevalence of KOA will rise to 40%. The factors which are responsible for worsening of the condition are gender, age, trauma, overuse and genetic conditions. The study has concluded that participants having knee osteoarthritis having low quality of life in the domains of functional capacity, pain and functional limitation. Moreover, there was a strong association found between the level of education and low quality of life. It corelates with the factor that participants with low level of education are more engaged in higher physical activity and higher impacts. As the disease progress it further affects the quality of life hence resulting in disability.