- Higher levels of pain catastrophizing were associated with lower six-minute walk distances and higher stair-climbing times following total knee replacement (TKR).
Why this matters
- Identifying the determinants of functional outcomes is a critical step in identifying potentially high-risk patients and refining adjunctive therapies to improve outcomes.
- In advance of TK replacement surgery, investigators at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston had participants complete psychological questionnaires such as the Pain Catastrophizing Scale.
- Participants also completed several physical functioning measures, including the six-minute walk test and a stair-climbi...