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The Rehabilitation of Elderly Institutionalized Patients with Osteoarthritis (Multiple Joint Involvement) Using...

2015-04

The Rehabilitation of Elderly Institutionalized Patients with Osteoarthritis (Multiple Joint Involvement) Using Alternative Methods Associated to Drug Therapy

Mircea Ovidiu Lupușoru, Claudia-Camelia Burcea, Ileana Adela Văcăroiu, Silviu Pițuru, Ileana Peride, Iulian Brezean, Lucian Negreanu, Andrei Niculae, Luminița Georgescu, Gabriela Elena Lupusoru, Teodora Ionescu, Dumitru Ferechide

Osteoarthritis, as a major cause of disability and due to the high prevalence among chronic diseases, represents one of the most important public health problems worldwide [1]. The limitation of physical function and the restriction of independence produce negative effects on the mental status of patients suffering from osteoarthritis, namely the emergence of depression and decreased self-confidence [2,3].

Developing a kinesiotherapeutic strategy based on the clinical, anatomical and functional stage of the disease and other comorbidities, as well as exploiting psychological and psychopedagogical resources will improve the physical performance and increase the independence of these patients [4,5].

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