Impact of Cane Use in people with medial knee osteoArthritis (CUBA)

Project Details

We know that increased knee forces can contribute to the knee pain associated with knee osteoarthritis, and that high forces transmitted through the knee can increase the risk of the disease worsening over time. These high forces can induce lesions in the knee joint such as defects in the cartilage and the bone marrow. Therefore, we would like to investigate if canes can reduce the size of these bone marrow lesions and improve pain and physical function in people with knee osteoarthritis, after 3 months of using them.

This study aims to evaluate the effect of daily cane use on knee joint structure as well as knee pain and function in people with knee osteoarthritis.

  • Are you 50 years or over?
  • Have knee pain on most days?
  • Willing to use a walking cane daily for 3 months?

Then the Cane Study might benefit you. Register your interest now

This study has approval by the University Ethics Committee, HREC No. 1442016



University of Sydney

  • Prof David Hunter
  • Dr Milena Simic

Monash University

  • Prof Andrew Forbes


National Health and Medical Research Council Program Grant

Research Group

Musculoskeletal and Sports Rehabilitation

Faculty Research Themes

Infection and Immunology

School Research Themes

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