Incidence rates of articular pain in urban and rural population of Russia

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Incidence rates of articular pain in urban and rural population of Russia
Key Take-Away: 

Due to change in lifestyle, age and other related factors, articular pain is very common and it has been studied in different populations, including males, females, elderly and people with diseases. Here, the reporters have put an effort to compare the prevalence of articular pain in rural and urban population in Russia.

Screening of the population sample for articular pain and swelling.

ABSTRACT: 
Background: 

Screening of the population sample for articular pain and swelling.

Methods: 

A screening questionnaire for detection of arthritides and arthralgias was filled in for each adult rural and urban citizen aged over 18 years from 15 RF regions.

The Rural population was covered with a complete examination, urban one was examined by formation of a representative sample from general population. The screening covered a total of 31424 individuals,  and mean age of whom was 47.6 +/- 17.6 years. Among them, 14001 lived in the cities and 17423 in the villages. 61% respondents were women.

Results: 

Prevalence of arthralgias in the population reaches 46 percent. While the symptoms alleviated with time in 8%, they became chronic in the rest.

The articular complaints rate in the population is sex-related and depends on the age. In individuals under 20-year arthralgia occurs in 9 percent. Urban citizens have articular pains more frequently than rural population--43 and 33%, respectively.

 

Conclusion: 

Pilot results of the screening program demonstrate prevalence of arthralgias in Russia and the importance of joint pathology problem in Russia.

Ter Arkh. 2005; 77(5):65-9