Negative Knee OA Beliefs Drive Patients Towards Surgery

Mardi Chapman (The Limbic), 2019

Patients with end-stage knee osteoarthritis universally describe their condition as “bone on bone” and are pessimistic about the future, a study shows.

Their beliefs regarding the downward trajectory of osteoarthritis also appear to reinforce their sense of urgency about a knee replacement.

Many were aware that weight loss might help their knee pain but few engaged in exercise.

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