Exercise and Physical Functioning in Osteoarthritis PDF
Exercise and Physical Functioning in Osteoarthritis PDF – Medical, Neuromuscular and Behavioral Perspectives
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Osteoarthritis (OA) is the major cause of pain and activity limitations among the
elderly . Recent research has shown that behavioral factors, neuromuscular
factors, and medical factors predict pain and activity limitations in OA. Examples
include lack of physical activity, muscle weakness, and comorbidity, respectively.
Exercise therapy is among the dominant interventions in OA. Exercise therapy
has been shown to effectively reduce pain and activity limitations in OA. Recently,
innovative exercise interventions have been developed. These innovative
approaches toward exercise target neuromuscular and behavioral factors and are
tailored to the patient’s medical condition.
Research in this field has been published as separate empirical papers, with
limited background information. This field is in need of an integrative contextual
review, summarizing the separate papers and putting the empirical research into
theoretical perspective. The objectives of this book on OA of the knee or hip are:
1. To summarize knowledge on the epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical aspects,
and therapeutic options.
2. To review recent research on behavioral and neuromuscular factors in functional
decline, with a special emphasis on explanatory mechanisms.
3. To review innovative approaches toward exercise therapy, derived from research
on behavioral, neuromuscular, and medical factors.
The remainder of this chapter provides a short introduction to these issues…