THE EVALUATION OF THE PHYSICAL AND FUNCTIONAL CHARACTERISTICS OF PATIENTS WITH KNEE OSTEOARTHRITIS IN TURKISH SOCIETY

Serkan Bakirhan, Ozgur Bozan, Bayram Unver, Vasfi Karatosun

Resumo


Objective: The study was designed to evaluate the physical and functional characteristics of patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA) in Turkish society. Methods: The study included 320 patients. The patients were evaluated with the mean body mass index (BMI) and Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) score in terms of age, gender and functional characteristics. Results: The patients mean age was 66.92±8.89 years and mean BMI was 31.02±5.20 kg/m2. As regards the functional characteristics of the patients, the mean knee flexion was determined as 100.36±16.45 degrees, and the QF manual muscle strength was determined as 4.02±0.37. The patients’ mean HSS score was 58.70±11.08. According to their sit-to-stand test results, 33% of the patients (n=104) were found to be independent. Conclusions: The majority of the patients in our study were female and obese. Their functionality level was poor. This study gives a partial idea about overall physical and functional characteristics of Turkish patients, results that are more objective could be obtained by evaluating a larger number of patients, and that patients’ quality of life can be enhanced through regular physical activities and weight control even during the early stage.



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