Experiences of Health-Promoting Activities among Individuals with Knee Pain: The Halland Osteoarthritis Cohort

Charlotte Sylwander, Evelina Sunesson, Maria L.E. Andersson, Emma Haglund, Ingrid Larsson

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Knee pain is an early sign of knee osteoarthritis (KOA) and a risk factor for chronic widespread pain (CWP). Early prevention is vital, and more research is needed to understand health-promoting activities for individuals with knee pain from a patient perspective. This study aimed to explore how individuals with knee pain experienced health-promoting activities. Explorative qualitative design with inductive approach was applied to explore the experiences of 22 individuals (13 women, 9 men; median age: 52). Semi-structured interviews were conducted and analysed using latent qualitative content analysis. The results revealed health-promoting activities in individuals with knee pain and were interpreted in the overall theme, striving for balance in everyday life. Two categories explored the content in health-promoting activities: (1) Caring for the body—being physically active, having a healthy diet, and utilising support; and (2) Managing life stressors—allowing for recovery, promoting vitality, and safeguarding healthy relationships. In conclusion, individuals with knee pain described various health-promoting activities. They strived for balance in everyday life by caring for the body and managing life stressors. We suggest that a broader approach to everyday life can be helpful in treatment plans and health promotion to manage and prevent KOA and CWP, while striving for a healthy lifestyle.

Original languageEnglish
Article number10529
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Sept

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Environmental Health and Occupational Health

Free keywords

  • chronic pain
  • health promotion
  • interviews
  • knee osteoarthritis
  • knee pain
  • patient perspective
  • qualitative content analysis


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