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Duke Joint Health Program

The Duke Joint Health Program (JHP), a collaborative program developed by the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Department of Physical and Occupational Therapy, is a longitudinal, personalized lifestyle and behavioral health modification program for patients with hip and knee osteoarthritis (OA).

The JHP is coordinated and managed by multidisciplinary Primary Osteoarthritis Providers or “POPs”, who are physical therapists trained in cognitive behavioral theory-based strategies. With input from orthopaedic providers, dietitians, and behavioral health specialists, POPs partner with patients to develop comprehensive care plans best suited to individual needs and daily life.

These plans comprehensively target pain, physical function, activity, nutrition, weight, stress, anxiety, sleep, and mood as they relate to joint health. Since the JHP started in October 2017, more than 1,000 patients have participated with self-reported improvements in joint function, pain, and psychological distress, many of whom have remarked on their excellent healthcare experience. 

Meet the Duke Joint Health Team:

The Duke Joint program brings together a team that includes orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, dietitians, psychologists and pain management specialists who address lifestyle habits that may contribute to chronic and debilitating knee or hip pain. 

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In the News:

Hubert Nall’s knee pain was so bad last year that it limited his ability to walk, climb stairs and be active. However, that lack of activity also meant he wasn’t in great shape. It was a double-edged sword because his doctor told him he needed to lose weight and increase his leg strength before he could be eligible for knee replacement surgery.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Duke’s joint health program provides comprehensive, personalized care to people with hip and knee osteoarthritis. Visit our Frequently Asked Questions to learn how the care plan addresses all aspects of your hip or knee condition.

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