Physical disability from knee osteoarthritis: the role of exercise as an intervention

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Title translated into German:Koerperliche Behinderung durch Osteoarthritis des Kniegelenks: Bedeutung der koerperlichen Aktivitaet als Therapiemassnahme
Author:Ettinger, Walter H.; Afable, Richard F.
Published in:Medicine and science in sports and exercise
Published:26 (1994), 12 , S. 1435-1440, Lit.
Format: Publications (Database SPOLIT)
Publication Type: Journal article
Media type: Print resource
ISSN:0195-9131, 1530-0315
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Identification number:PU199509102577

Author's abstract

Osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee is a common, nonfatal, chronic condition that causes pain and physical disability in older people. Persons with knee OA report difficulty with activities that require ambulation and transfer from the sitting to the standing position. Physical disability from knee OA is the result of a complex interplay among the severity of disease, pain, comorbid conditions, psychosocial factors, and deficits in physical capacity such as low aerobic work capacity and lower extremity muscle weakness. These deficits in physical capacity may be correctable with exercise training. Short-term studies indicate that persons with knee OA show gains in physical capacity and report less pain and disability with exercise training. However, the long-term effectiveness and safety of exercise in persons with knee OA remains unknown. Verf.-Referat