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MOVE TO IMPROVE: How Knee Osteoarthritis Patients Can Use Exercise to Enhance Quality of Life

Focht, Brian C. Ph.D., FACSM, CSCS

doi: 10.1249/FIT0b013e318264cae8
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Learning Objective • To develop a more comprehensive understanding of the quality of life benefits of exercise and key behavioral considerations for improving physical activity participation and weight management efforts in knee osteoarthritis (OA) patients.

Symptomatic knee osteoarthritis (OA) is a prevalent chronic degenerative disease that is associated with impaired quality of life and physical functioning. Although there is no cure for knee OA, regular exercise participation consistently results in improvements in quality of life, physical function, and knee OA symptoms. Findings from contemporary randomized controlled trials also demonstrate that lifestyle interventions involving modification of exercise and dietary behaviors yield superior improvements in relevant quality of life outcomes relative to either intervention alone.

Brian C. Focht, Ph.D., FACSM, CSCS, is an associate professor in kinesiology at The Ohio State University. His research focuses on the role of exercise in enhancing quality of life across the life span and the design and implementation of lifestyle interventions for health promotion and disease prevention.

The author declares no conflicts of interest and does not have any financial disclosures.

Disclosure: The author declares no conflicts of interest and does not have any financial disclosures.

© 2012 American College of Sports Medicine.