Guidelines developed in an evidence-based manner recommend exercise as the first line of treatment for osteoarthritis of the knee. Exercise programs require progressive increases in intensity in order to stimulate physiological changes. For patients with osteoarthritis of the knee exercises are gradually increased in intensity and difficulty.
Arthritis can significantly impact your joints causing pain, aching, and stiffness that only gets worse as you grow older. This is why knowing how to keep joints healthy as you age is so important as it relates to overall health and well being.
Self-efficacy is considered a core component in self-management. Self-efficacy is a personal judgement of how well one can execute courses of action required to deal with chronic processes. However, there is a lack of knowledge about the association between self-efficacy and health-related outcomes in osteoarthritis.