BACKGROUND: Clinical guidelines recommend knee muscle strengthening exercises to improve physical function. However, the amount of knee muscle strength increase needed for clinically relevant improvements in physical function is unclear. Understanding how much increase in knee muscle strength is associated with improved physical function could assist clinicians in providing appropriate strength gain targets for their patients in order to optimise outcomes from exercise. The aim of this study was to investigate whether an increase in knee muscle strength is associated with improved self-reported physical function following exercise; and whether the relationship differs according to physical function status at baseline.
Hall, M., Hinman, R. S., van der Esch, M., van der Leeden, M., Kasza, J., Wrigley, T. V., ... Bennell, K. L. (2017). Is the relationship between increased knee muscle strength and improved physical function following exercise dependent on baseline physical function status? Arthritis Research & Therapy, 19(1), 271. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13075-017-1477-8