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Effect of Exercise Intervention on Arthralgia of Knee Joint and Activity of Daily Living in Community-dwelling Elderly People

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  • 在宅自立高齢者の膝関節痛および生活動作能力に関する運動介入の効果

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The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of the exercise intervention for elderly people who had arthralgia due to osteoarthritis of the knee joints. <br>A total of 36 independent elderly people living in Musashino City, Tokyo, participated in this research. The Japanese Orthopaedic Association (JOA) Score and the Visual Analog Scale (VAS) were used for the evaluation of pain. The activity of daily living (ADL) (evaluated by the physical activity measurement developed by Physical Fitness Research Institute and Meiji Yasuda Life Foundation of Health and Welfare) was used for the evaluation of the physical activity. <br>Our exercise program was prepared based on the health-pedagogic and behavioral-scientific theories. The changes in each index between one-month observation (no intervention) period (Δ1) and one-month intervention period (Δ2) were compared by a paired t-test. <br>The participation rate to our program was high (88.3 %). JOA Score improved significantly, but ADL showed no significant differences between Δ1 and Δ2. <br>The results indicated that our program might be feasible for the arthralgia of knee joint in community-dwelling elderly people.


  • Physical Therapy Japan

    Physical Therapy Japan 33 (3), 126-132, 2006-06-20

    Japanese Society of Physical Therapy

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