Kinesiophobia is a considerable contributing factor that impacts children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and may hinder clinical outcomes, researchers observed. The results of this study were published in Pediatric Rheumatology.

The study comprised 26 subjects with JIA who had lower extremity joint involvement and 17 healthy controls. The researchers assessed for walking speed as well as chair and stair navigation. The relationship between kinesiophobia and fear of movement due to arthritic pain was analyzed using the Tampa Scale of Kinesiophobia (TSK-11).

Following analysis, the researchers observed that walking speeds were up to 15% slower in subjects with JIA compared with healthy controls. Chair rise repetitions were 28% fewer, and stair ascent and descent times were up to 31% slower. Furthermore, the TSK-11 scores were notably higher in JIA subjects and showed 11.7% to 26.5% of regression with respect to stair climb time and chair raise function, indicating that kinesiophobia is a significant factor in functional task performance.

Reference: Woolnough LU, Lentini L, Sharififar S, Chen C, Vincent HK. The relationships of kinesiophobia and physical function and physical activity level in juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Pediatr Rheumatol. 2022;20:73. doi:10.1186/s12969-022-00734-2