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2022 Aug 24

Int J Environ Res Public Health



Experiences of Health-Promoting Activities among Individuals with Knee Pain: The Halland Osteoarthritis Cohort.


Sylwander C, Sunesson E, Andersson MLE, Haglund E, Larsson I
Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 Aug 24; 19(17).
PMID: 36078245.


Knee pain is an early sign of knee osteoarthritis (KOA) and a risk factor for chronic widespread pain (CWP). Early prevention is vital, and more research is needed to understand health-promoting activities for individuals with knee pain from a patient perspective. This study aimed to explore how individuals with knee pain experienced health-promoting activities. Explorative qualitative design with inductive approach was applied to explore the experiences of 22 individuals (13 women, 9 men; median age: 52). Semi-structured interviews were conducted and analysed using latent qualitative content analysis. The results revealed health-promoting activities in individuals with knee pain and were interpreted in the overall theme, Two categories explored the content in health-promoting activities: (1) -being physically active, having a healthy diet, and utilising support; and (2) -allowing for recovery, promoting vitality, and safeguarding healthy relationships. In conclusion, individuals with knee pain described various health-promoting activities. They strived for balance in everyday life by caring for the body and managing life stressors. We suggest that a broader approach to everyday life can be helpful in treatment plans and health promotion to manage and prevent KOA and CWP, while striving for a healthy lifestyle.