Knee Pain and Aquatic Exercise Insights Report findings from the Words of Wisdom Project

The insights in this report summarise the thoughts of over 500 people with knee pain. It represents more than 2 years of data collection from a range of programs, including MAP Velocity at the University of Melbourne and the City of Melbourne Start-up expansion grant program. The report was launched as part of the Victorian Seniors Festival.

Those who contributed to this data came from all around the world. The online survey included people from the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States with most people from Australia (85%). About half of the people had their knee pain for more than 5 years which represents the ongoing nature of knee conditions and arthritis and a life long commitment to management. The in-depth interviews and extended surveys were all conducted with people in Australia.

 The 500people aged between 16 and 85. Most people were aged in their 50s (25%) and 60s(32%).

 Echoing the predisposing factors to knee osteoarthritis, most participants in the data collection recognised that a previous injury, being overweight, repetitive load from a manual job had contributed to their condition, although many were still confused about why they had knee arthritis.

 This report is made possible by all the people who gave their time so generously to help us understand more about what works and what doesn't work for them in managing their condition.

The supporting data is anonymised and aggregated and includes an online survey (n=372) for people in the community who currently had knee pain or had knee pain in the past and an extended version of the survey that included an additional group of people (n=30) that completed aquatic physiotherapy for knee arthritis as well as 176 phone interviews.  

The online survey data was used as the basis of the top insights, with the extended interviews used to provide greater detail. All participants involved in the data collection consented to anonymous data reporting and where direct quotes are used, pseudonyms have been allocated or no names are used to protect individual privacy and limited or no other identifying information has been provided.






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