Improving Walking Quality and Quantity in Osteoarthritis (IWALQQ-OA)
This study evaluates the feasibility of a mindful walking intervention for management of knee osteoarthritis. Participants will be randomly assigned to receive one of two interventions i.e. mindful walking intervention or a self-care intervention.
- Knee Osteoarthritis
- Eligible Ages
- Between 50 Years and 80 Years
- Eligible Genders
- Accepts Healthy Volunteers
- age 50-80 years
- BMI ≤40 kg/m2
- Meet American College of Rheumatology clinical and/or clinical+radiographic criteria for knee osteoarthritis
- Knee pain score ≥ 4 during last week
- Predominantly medial knee pain
- Predominantly medial knee radiographic osteoarthritis with or without radiographic patellofemoral osteoarthritis
- Ability to ambulate for a minimum of 20 minutes, without any assistive device
- Available for the study duration
- Own a smartphone
- Can speak and understand English
- Contraindications to exercise
- Using orthotics for knee pain such as knee braces, wedge insoles
- Knee injection in previous 3-months
- Currently receiving physical therapy for knee pain
- Planning major treatment for knee pain (e.g., physical therapy, surgery) in next 6 months
- Self-reported joint diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, gout, etc.
- Self-reported total joint replacement in any lower extremity joint
- Self-reported neurological conditions like stroke, Parkinson's disease, etc.
- Self-reported muscular disease like muscle dystrophy
- Self-reported musculoskeletal or neurologic conditions that affect gait.
- Study Type
- Intervention Model
- Parallel Assignment
- Primary Purpose
- Single (Outcomes Assessor)
MCG - Mindful Walking
|Participants will be trained in mindful walking technique||
SCG - Education and Self-Care
|Participants will receive education in self-management of knee OA||
- Boston University Charles River Campus
Study ContactDeepak Kumar, PT, PhD
People with knee osteoarthritis have low levels of physical activity, especially walking activity. They also walk with abnormal walking biomechanics that are associated with greater knee loading. Therefore, it is important to increase the levels of walking activity in people with knee osteoarthritis, but also change their walking patterns to reduce knee loading.
This study will last 12 months and participants will be randomized into 2 groups. For the first 6-months, half of the participants will attend sessions at a community location that include training in mindful walking technique. The other half will meet for the same frequency and duration at a community location for education on osteoarthritis and its management (focusing on symptom management, importance of physical activity, weight management, etc.). Both groups will also receive a wrist-worn activity monitor and a smartphone application that they will use throughout the study. After 6-months all participants will be allowed to practice on their own.
All participants will complete gait analysis, knee MRI, questionnaires, physical function assessment at baseline and at 6-months. All participants will also complete questionnaires at 3,9, and 12 months. Weekly physical activity and knee pain data will be collected using the mobile health technology for 12- months.