Exercise and Physical Functioning in Osteoarthritis

Medical, Neuromuscular and Behavioral Perspectives

  • Joost Dekker

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Specialty Topics in Behavioral Medicine book series (BRIEFSSPETOBEME)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Joost Dekker
    Pages 1-9
  3. Osteoarthritis of the Knee or Hip

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Diana C. Sanchez-Ramirez, Joost Dekker, Willem F. Lems
      Pages 13-25
    3. Martijn Gerritsen, Ramon E. Voorneman, Joost Dekker, Willem F. Lems
      Pages 27-35
  4. Functional Decline

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. Marike van der Leeden, Cindy Veenhof, Leo D. Roorda, Joost Dekker
      Pages 39-48
    3. Martin van der Esch, Joost Dekker
      Pages 49-67
    4. Jasmijn F. M. Holla, Martijn Pisters, Joost Dekker
      Pages 69-85
  5. Exercise Therapy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Marike van der Leeden, Wilfred Peter, Joost Dekker
      Pages 89-94
    3. Jesper Knoop, Martijn P. M. Steultjens, Joost Dekker
      Pages 95-107
    4. Cindy Veenhof, Martijn Pisters, Joost Dekker
      Pages 109-118
    5. Mariëtte de Rooij, Willem F. Lems, Marike van der Leeden, Joost Dekker
      Pages 119-126
    6. Joost Dekker
      Pages 127-132

About this book


Osteoarthritis (OA) is among the top 10 of most disabling diseases in the Western world. It is the major cause of pain and disability among the elderly. This book provides a contextual review of recent research on neuromuscular factors and behavioral risk factors for functional decline in OA, with a special emphasis on explanatory mechanisms. In addition, the book discusses innovative approaches to exercise and physical activity in OA, derived from research on behavioral and neuromuscular risk factors for functional decline in OA. Recent research has shown that neuromuscular factors (such as muscle strength, joint laxity) and behavioral factors (such as avoidance of activity, depressed mood) predict pain and disability in OA. Furthermore, exercise and physical activity are among the dominant interventions aiming at reducing pain and disability, and innovative interventions targeting neuromuscular and behavioral interventions have been recently developed. This research has been published as separate papers, with the result that the field is in need of an integrative contextual review that puts the research into theoretical perspective.


Arthritic pain research Behavioral treatment for pain Exercise and health Exercise therapy Hip pain research Knee pain research Neuromuscular pain research OA Obesity and osteoarthritis Osteoarthritis Overweight and osteoarthritis Pain rehabilitation Physical activity and health Risk factors for arthritis

Editors and affiliations

  • Joost Dekker
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of Rehabilitation Medicine & Department of PsychiatryVU University Medical CenterAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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