31. Behavioral Rehabilitation Approaches in Osteoarthritis

  1. David I. Mostofsky
  1. Kim L. Bennell,
  2. Tim V. Wrigley,
  3. Francis J. Keefe and
  4. Rana S. Hinman

Published Online: 28 MAR 2014

DOI: 10.1002/9781118453940.ch31

The Handbook of Behavioral Medicine

The Handbook of Behavioral Medicine

How to Cite

Bennell, K. L., Wrigley, T. V., Keefe, F. J. and Hinman, R. S. (2014) Behavioral Rehabilitation Approaches in Osteoarthritis, in The Handbook of Behavioral Medicine (ed D. I. Mostofsky), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118453940.ch31

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 MAR 2014
  2. Published Print: 11 APR 2014

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118453995

Online ISBN: 9781118453940



  • osteoarthritis;
  • rehabilitation;
  • behavioral;
  • exercise


  • Exercise and weight loss if overweight or obese are key components in the management of osteoarthritis (OA), but attention to adherence is important for long-term benefits.

  • Conservative behavioral strategies for OA include patient education, use of braces, orthotics, gait aids, and appropriate footwear.

  • Gait retraining to reduce knee load requires further research before it can be recommended in clinical practice.

  • Of the psychological interventions, pain-coping skills training, with and without spouse involvement, has been shown to be effective in people with knee OA.