Date of Award

Summer 8-11-2011

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Gerontology Institute

First Advisor

Dr.Yong Tai Wang

Second Advisor

Dr.Elisabeth Burgess

Third Advisor

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.


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