At the young age of 25, Julie Keysor, PhD, PT, associate professor in the department of physical therapy and athletic training at Sargent College of Boston University, was diagnosed with bilateral knee arthritis and had already undergone three knee surgeries. Because of this, and through her work as a physical therapist, Dr. Keysor has a unique perspective on physical functioning, activity, and community involvement among people with knee osteoarthritis.
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On April 21, 2009, Dr. Keysor will share this perspective as she continues the 2009 ARHP Audioconference/Webcast Series with, “Physical Activity Among People with Arthritis: Assessment, Considerations, and Behavior Change.” Arthritis, in particular, has unique twists that require much thought, so that individuals engage in the right activity and the right amount for their benefit without causing harm. It is often difficult for healthcare providers to get people to engage in and/or change their physical activity routine, but it is an important part of their care.
“The research clearly shows that physical activity has cardiovascular and bone and muscle benefits,” explains Dr. Keysor, “but patients—and even healthcare providers—are not engaging in physical activity, and changing a health behavior is a very challenging task.” She believes it is important for clinicians to help their patients make beneficial changes to their lives regarding physical activity. “It is critical that we think about this topic and engage in conversations from a provider prospective to see how we can foster the best outcome for our patients,” she says.
During her audioconference, Dr. Keysor will determine the pros and cons of current physical activity measurement instruments, discuss the considerations of exercise prescription for people with arthritis, and describe the use and evidence of behavior change strategies to optimize physical activity among people with arthritis.
To register for the April 21 audioconference/webcast, visit www.rheumatology.org/arhp, or contact Sharon Ross at (404) 633-3777, ext. 802. CME and certificates of participation will be offered to paid registrants. If you are unable to participate, you can purchase a recording of the session at www.rheumatology.org/arhp.