Vol. 5, Issue 1 (2018)
Effectiveness of normal walking and Nordic walking on knee osteoarthritis
Author(s): Prachi Borawake, Dr. Keerthi Rao PT, Brinda shah, Ruchita K Shah, Khushboo Chelani
Abstract: Background: Walking with Nordic poles was used for skiing and later evolved for the use of support and balance. It had two specific styles like Japanese style Nordic walking and European style Nordic walking. So the study is carried out using the European style Nordic walking to know its effects on patients having knee osteoarthritis. Materials and Methods: The study included 30 participants, which were divided into two groups with 15 participants in each group. They were asked to walk with Nordic poles and without poles and their distance, pain, and manual muscle testing of upper and lower extremity was assessed and compared before and after. Result. As compared to normal walking, walking with Nordic poles has been proved to be highly significant on pain and MMT and there no significant difference on distance Conclusion: As compared to normal walking, walking with Nordic poles has significant effects in knee osteoarthritis individuals in terms of pain threshold, increase in walking distance and also increase in muscle strength of upper and lower extremity.