Journal article

A physiotherapist-delivered, combined exercise and pain coping skills training intervention for individuals with knee osteoarthritis: A pilot study

Michael A Hunt, Francis J Keefe, Christina Bryant, Ben R Metcalf, Yasmin Ahamed, Michael K Nicholas, Kim L Bennell

KNEE | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2013

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee is associated with a number of physical and psychological impairments. Unfortunately, very few treatment strategies are capable of addressing both types of impairments concurrently. We performed a pilot, randomized controlled, proof of principle trial investigating the feasibility and effects of an intervention combining physical exercise and pain coping skills training (PCST). METHODS: Twenty patients with a clinical and radiographical diagnosis of tibiofemoral OA were randomized to receive either 10 weeks of physiotherapist supervised exercises (lower limb strengthening and walking) combined with non-directive counseling (NDC) or the same exercis..

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