A Study of Kinesiophobia in Elderly with and without Pain


  • Manasi Desai1 , Hemali Shah2




The Tampa Scale for Kinesiophobia, Extended Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire, Kinesiophobia.


Aim: Kinesiophobia is defined as an excessive, irrational, and debilitating fear of physical movement and

activity resulting from a feeling of vulnerability to painful injury or reinjury.[1] The current study aims to

compare kinesiophobia in the elderly population with and without pain.

Methodology: Kinesiophobia (using The Tampa Scale for Kinesiophobia) and pain (using the Extended

Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire) was assessed in 30 elderly individuals with pain and 30 elderly

individuals without pain.

Results: The kinesiophobia scores were higher in elderly individuals with pain compared to elderly

individuals without pain. In terms of pain, the lower back and knees were the most commonly affected body


Conclusion: The study concluded that the subjects showed a high level of kinesiophobia (mean=37.71,

median=37). Elderly subjects with pain experienced higher kinesiophobia than elderly without pain.

Author Biography

Manasi Desai1 , Hemali Shah2

1 M.P.Th in Neurosciences, Assistant Professor, Department of Neurophysiotherapy, D.Y Patil University, School of

Physiotherapy, Nerul, Navi-Mumbai, Maharashtra, 2 B.P.TH, School of Physiotherapy, D.Y Patil University, Nerul,

Navi-Mumbai, Maharashtra