Aquatic Exercise Program for Knee Osteoarthritis (PICO)

  • From January 2011 to Present
  • Team members: Margarida Espanha, Flavia Yazigi, Luis Carrão, António Veloso
  • Contact: Margarida Espanha (Program Coordinator) - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

The aim of PICO study is to design an aquatic exercise program specific for obese individuals with knee osteoarthritis (KOA) where the main goals are: 1) KOA symptoms management and 2) improvement of physical fitness. The musculoskeletal pain is the main constraint for any kind of mobility and its control should be considered an important goal in the weight management's programs. Therefore the PICO project proposes an aquatic exercise program to control pain and other symptoms management, showing that it is possible to live with the disease, and motivating the change in lifestyle, thus preventing the installation or worsening of KOA.

 

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