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ABSTRACT

Backgroud and objective of the study: Osteoarthritis is considered to be a common condition that is widely prevalent among the older age groups that could lead to chronic disability. Objective of the study was to investigate efficacy of a foot stepping target matching exercise for subjects having osteoarthritis knee.

Methodology: This was a study with pre-post experimental study design . Twenty subjects of both genders having unilateral and bilateral knee OA patients with age group between 40 to 65 years were selected for this study. Simple random sampling method used to the study conducted at out patient physiotherapy department, A.C.S medical college and hospital, Chennai. Visual analogue scale was uused as measurement tool to measure the outcome of osteo arthritis knee pain.

Result : The study observed that there was a statistical difference in foot stepping target matching exercise on reducing pain, improving propriception, reducing stiffness, and improving physical function between pre test and post test values of treatment groups with P<0.001.

Conclusion: The foot stepping target matching exercise was effective in treating subjects with knee osteoarthritis. Hence the study concluded that foot stepping target matching exercise is beneficial and can be recommended in subjects with osteoarthritis knee to improve their physical function.

Key word: Osteoarthritis knee, foot stepping target matching exercise, Visual Analogue Scale

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