How do middle-aged patients conceive exercise as a form of treatment for knee osteoarthritis?

Halmstad University, Hamstad, Halland, Sweden
Disability and Rehabilitation (Impact Factor: 1.99). 02/2006; 28(1):51-9. DOI: 10.1080/09638280500163927
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To describe conceptions, as registered by a semi-structured interview, of exercise as treatment among sixteen middle-aged patients with moderate to severe knee osteoarthritis.
Sixteen patients (aged 39-64) with symptomatic, radiographic knee osteoarthritis and previous participants in an exercise intervention, were interviewed. The qualitative data obtained were analysed using phenomenographic approach.
Four descriptive categories containing 13 conceptions emerged: Category 1) To gain health included five conceptions; to experience coherence, to experience well-being, to be in control, to experience improved physical functioning, to experience symptom relief; 2) To become motivated included three conceptions; to experience inspiration, to be prepared to persevere, to experience the need to exercise; 3) To experience the need for support included three conceptions; to have structure, to receive guidance, to devote time; 4) To experience resistance included two conceptions; to hesitate, to deprecate.
Patients with knee osteoarthritis and knee pain, previously participating in exercise intervention, are aware of the health benefits of exercise, but have many doubts and concerns about exercise as treatment. These aspects should be considered when designing patient information and treatment programmes. Furthermore, a hesitative and resistive perception of exercise as a concept could have major influences on the implementation of health programmes.

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    • "Potential barriers to exercise will also be addressed. Individuals with knee OA have expressed that pain or the fear of pain prevents exercise participation [50]. Therefore, participants will use a pain monitoring scale to guide their home exercises, where zero represents “no pain” and ten represents “worst possible pain”. "
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    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 11/2012; 13(1):233. DOI:10.1186/1471-2474-13-233 · 1.72 Impact Factor
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    • "Our study population demonstrated a breadth of preventative knowledge, including the use of exercise and pharmacotherapy. Similar to symptomatic individuals, our cohort perceived physical activity to promote health gain, provide symptomatic relief and generate a sense of well-being [14]. The health benefits of physical activity included joint-specific effects such as improving muscular strength, joint flexibility as well as general effects like weight reduction and control. "
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    BMC Public Health 09/2012; 12(1):753. DOI:10.1186/1471-2458-12-753 · 2.26 Impact Factor
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    • "Expectations on the results of treatments whether on their benefits or on their risks/side effects, also play a determining role when taking decisions on OA (Bower et al., 2006; Kroll et al., 2007; O´Neill et al., 2007). These expectations may come from external sources (doctors, friends, acquaintances) or the patient's own experience, for example over medication (Bower et al., 2006) or practicing exercise (Thorstensson et al., 2006). Different kinds of reaction to OA symptoms have also been detected (Karlsson et al., 1997). "
    Osteoarthritis - Diagnosis, Treatment and Surgery, 03/2012; , ISBN: 978-953-51-0168-0
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