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Table 1 Commonly held patient beliefs about knee OA pain

From: A new integrated behavioural intervention for knee osteoarthritis: development and pilot study

  Pain-related belief
1 My knee OA pain is the inevitable result of wear and tear on the joint and is part of getting old
2 Certain activities (e.g. going downstairs) cause high levels of pain and so I need to avoid them wherever possible
3 Knee OA is a chronic condition and so the pain is something I am always going to have to live with and may get worse in the future