Journal article

Body weight support through a walking cane in inexperienced users with knee osteoarthritis

Julia Hart, Michelle Hall, Tim Wrigley, Charlotte J Marshall, Kim L Bennell

GAIT & POSTURE | ELSEVIER IRELAND LTD | Published : 2019

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Walking canes are a self-management strategy recommended for people with knee osteoarthritis (OA) by clinical practice guidelines. Ensuring that an adequate amount of body-weight support (%BWS) is taken through the walking cane is important as this reduces measures of knee joint loading. RESEARCH QUESTION: 1) How much body weight support do people with knee OA place through a cane? 2) Do measures of body weight support increase following a brief simple training session? METHODS: Seventeen individuals with knee pain who had not used a walking cane before were recruited. A standard-grip aluminum cane was then used for 1 week with limited manufacturer instructions. Following this, p..

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