Knee Osteoarthritis Research Paper

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Clinical Concepts Benefits of Physical Activity for Knee Osteoarthritis A Brief Review Beverly Anne Egan, BS; and Janet C. Mentes, PhD, APRN, BC AbstrACt Osteoarthritis (OA) is the second most prevalent health condition in community-dwelling adults 65 and older, with 27 million older Americans affected. Approximately half of community-dwelling women (54%) and men (43%) older than 65 have OA, and the percentage with symptomatic knee OA rises to more than 60% among older adults who are overweight. This article examines major risk factors for knee OA and nursing interventions to help older adults with knee OA minimize disease symptoms. Significant health benefits of physical activity for the prevention of obesity, delay of onset of physical…show more content…
Egan is a nurse, Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center gerontology unit, and Dr. Mentes is Associate Professor, University of California Los Angeles, School of Nursing, Los Angeles, California. The authors disclose that they have no significant financial interests in any product or class of products discussed directly or indirectly in this activity, including research support. Address correspondence to Janet C. Mentes, PhD, APRN, BC, Associate Professor, University of California Los Angeles, School of Nursing, 5-262 Factor Building, PO Box 956919, Los Angeles, CA 90095-6919; e-mail: jmentes@sonnet.ucla.edu. Posted: August 23, 2010 doi:10.3928/00989134-20100730-03 Helmick, & Sacks, 2010). Nurses can intervene at any point of the decline to improve function and quality of life. The purpose of this article is to discuss the major risk factors for knee OA and nursing interventions to help older adults with knee OA minimize disease symptoms. OA is a progressive and debilitating disease that commonly affects the hand, knee, hip, and spine joints (Goldring & Goldring, 2006). Elements of joints, such as the synovial lining, periarticular bone, and supportive connecting tissues, are adversely modified by OA with structural changes including
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