Int J Med Sci 2013; 10(6):790-795. doi:10.7150/ijms.5140

Research Paper

The Clinical Pattern of Knee Osteoarthritis in Jordan: A Hospital Based Study

Ziad M. Hawamdeh1,✉, Jihad M. Al-Ajlouni2

1. Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences - The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan.
2. Faculty of Medicine- The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan.


Background: Different clinical profiles of knee osteoarthritis (KOA) have been reported in the literature. The aim of this investigation was to describe the clinical patterns of KOA in an ethnically distinct and homogenous population that has not been widely reported. Patients with KOA were seen in outpatient rehabilitation and orthopedic clinic of Jordan University Hospital (JUH), to determine any possible association between age, BMI, radiographic severity, and pain severity.

Methods: Patients diagnosed with KOA attending an outpatient rehabilitation clinic at JUH were studied to describe their clinical characteristics. They were included based on criteria developed by the American College of Rheumatology. Detailed histories, clinical examinations and X-rays, and anthropometric data were obtained. Data analysis focused on descriptive statistics and correlations among demographic and clinical characteristics.

Results: The study included 214 patients with a mean age of 55.3 years (range = 30-84 years). The mean BMI was 29.5± 5.6. We found a significant moderate positive correlation between age and radiographic severity of KOA (0.435; p <. 001) and pain severity (0.383; p. <. 001). There was also a significant weak positive correlation between BMI, radiographic severity of KOA (0.242, p <. 05), and pain severity (0.266, p. <. 01).

Conclusions: We concluded that in this hospital-based cohort study in Jordan, the clinical pattern of KOA is comparable to Western cultures. However, the combination of BMI and mechanical loading during everyday activities that include different religious and cultural habits and may help explain the high level of radiographic severity in our sample.

Keywords: Clinical pattern, knee osteoarthritis, culture, Jordan.

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Hawamdeh ZM, Al-Ajlouni JM. The Clinical Pattern of Knee Osteoarthritis in Jordan: A Hospital Based Study. Int J Med Sci 2013; 10(6):790-795. doi:10.7150/ijms.5140. Available from