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Preop pain perceptions drive outcomes after knee surgery

Key clinical point: Knee surgery patients who had higher expectations of pain had worse outcomes in terms of returning to sport, improving symptoms, and improving kinesiophobia compared with those who scored higher on measures of coping.

Major finding: Athletes undergoing knee surgery who scored higher than 36 on the Pain Catastrophizing Scale were less likely to return to the same level of sport (odds ratio 11.3).

Study details: The data come from a prospective cohort study of 101 adult athletes.

Disclosures: The researchers had no financial conflicts to disclose.


Everhart JS et al. J Sci Med Sport. 2019. doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2019.09.011.