2018 Volume 30 Issue 6 Pages 888-891
[Purpose] The main purpose of the study was to examine the relationship of a battery of frequently used functional assessment tests with quadriceps and hamstrings isokinetic strength in Knee-osteoarthritis (OA) patients. Secondarily, the predictability of isokinetic strength on these performance variables was also assessed. [Subjects and Methods] Seventeen males and 23 females with Knee-OA, were assessed via a) the common functional tests: 6-minute walk test, Timed up-and-go test, 30-second chair test and 12-stair test and b) isokinetic concentric extension-flexion at 120°/s and 180°/s. [Results] Both Knee Extension and Flexion Peak Torque per Body weight showed moderate to strong, statistically significant correlation, with all 4-functional performance tests, for both velocities. Both 12-stair test and 30-second chair test were significant predictors in all analyses, while the 6-minute walk test was an additional significant predictor of the 120°/s knee flexion. [Conclusion] Thigh muscle strength in both tested velocities proved to be significantly correlated with functional performance. The 12-stair test and 30-second chair test results were significant predictors for isokinetic extension and flexion in both velocities. It appears that those two tests challenge the knee and the surrounding musculature in a manner that reflects muscle strength.