2019, Cilt 6, Sayı 1, Sayfa(lar) 050-058
The Usage of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Patients with Knee Osteoarthritis
Afra Çalık1, Sevgisun Kapucu2
1Hacettepe Üniversitesi Hemşirelik Fakültesi İç Hastalıkları Hemşireliği Anabilim Dalı, Ankara, Türkiye
2Hacettepe Üniversitesi Hemşirelik Fakültesi İç Hastalıkları Hemşireliği Anabilim Dalı, Ankara, Türkiye
Keywords: Alternative therapies, complementary therapies, knee osteoarthritis, nursing

Patients with osteoarthritis generally have problems such as joint pain, limitation of joint range of motion, muscle weakness, joint stiffness, joint swelling and loss of function. Therefore, patients’ daily life activities are severely restricted and quality of life is adversely affected. It is known that in the majority of patients with osteoarthritis, the symptoms associated with the disease cannot be effectively managed. This has led both patients and caregivers to seek different directions in the management of symptoms, and complementary and alternative medicine applications have begun to be used for this purpose. The aim of this review is to inform nurses about the use of complementary and alternative medicine in patients with knee osteoarthritis and to increase awareness of this area.