Comparative Study of the Effects of Tai Chi and Strength Training on Osteoarthritis in Older Adults
Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr.Yong Tai Wang
Dr. Ann Pearman
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative joint disorder and one of the leading causes of disability in elderly. Tai Chi is seen to be effective in relieving symptoms of OA knee joint. The main aim of this study is to design a Tai Chi program and a strength training program for the elderly with knee OA and to compare the effects of these programs on the range of motion, gait, pain and balance. 20 participants age 55 and over were divided into two groups (Tai Chi and Strength training) based on predetermined criteria. Both the groups showed improvement in WOMAC scores, balance and strength following Tai Chi and strength training intervention for 2 months.
Batra, Abhinandan, "Comparative Study of the Effects of Tai Chi and Strength Training on Osteoarthritis in Older Adults." Thesis, Georgia State University, 2011.