Differences in Health-Related Quality of Life Among Patients After Knee Injury

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  • 1 University of Kentucky
  • 2 Ohio University
  • 3 University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • 4 University of Virginia
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While knee injury-related pain and functional limitations are common in the physically active, the impact on general health is not well documented. Further, it is not known how much these outcomes differ among individuals that did or did not have surgery following the knee injury, as well as compared to those without knee injury history. We examined differences in health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and general health among patients after knee surgery, knee injury that did not require surgery, and healthy controls. Knee surgery participants reported higher body mass index and lower SF-8 physical component scores than knee nonsurgery and control (p < .001 all comparisons) groups. Knee nonsurgery participants had lower SF-8 physical component scores (p = .01) than control participants. Patients after knee surgery report more adverse health effects than those with nonsurgically treated knee injuries.

Kleis and Gribble are with the Department of Athletic Training and Clinical Nutrition, College of Health Sciences, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, USA. Simon is with the Division of Athletic Training, Ohio University, Athens, OH, USA. Turner is with the Laboratory of Systems Physiology, Department of Kinesiology, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC, USA. Vela is with the Department of Kinesiology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA. Thomas is with the Department of Kinesiology, Center for Biomedical Engineering and Science, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC, USA.

Gribble (phillip.gribble@uky.edu) is corresponding author.
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