Fear of movement (kinesiophobia) is a major limiting factor in the return to pre-injury sport level after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR). The aim of this study was to gain insight into the prevalence of kinesiophobia pre-ACLR, 3 months post-ACLR and 12 months post-ACLR. Furthermore, the preoperative predictability of kinesiophobia at 3 months post-ACLR was addressed.
A retrospective study with data, which were prospectively collected as part of standard care, was conducted to evaluate patients who underwent ACLR between January 2017 and December 2018 in an orthopaedic outpatient clinic. Patient characteristics (age, sex, body mass index), injury-to-surgery time, preoperative pain level (KOOS pain subscale) and preoperative knee function (IKDC-2000) were used as potential predictor variables for kinesiophobia (TSK-17) at 3 months post-ACLR in linear regression analysis.
The number of patients with a high level of kinesiophobia (TSK > 37) reduced from 92 patients (69.2%) preoperatively to 44 patients (43.1%) 3 months postoperatively and 36 patients (30.8%) 12 months postoperatively. The prediction model, based on a multivariable regression analysis, showed a positive correlation between four predictor variables (prolonged injury-to-surgery time, high preoperative pain level, male sex and low body mass index) and a high level of kinesiophobia at 3 months postoperatively (R2 = 0.384, p = 0.02).
The prevalence of kinesiophobia decreases during postoperative rehabilitation, but high kinesiophobia is still present in a large portion of the patients after ACLR. Timing of reconstruction seems to be the strongest predictor for high kinesiophobia 3 months post-ACLR. This study is the first step in the development of a screening tool to detect patients with kinesiophobia after ACLR. Identifying patients preoperatively opens the possibility to treat patients and thereby potentially increase the return to pre-injury sport level rate after ACLR.
Level of evidence
Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR) is performed to restore functional stability of the knee in case of an anterior cruciate ligament injury [24, 28]. Despite adequate restoration of knee function in approximately 90% of the patients , only 65% of the patients return to their pre-injury sport level after surgical reconstruction .
Growing evidence suggests that psychological factors are important limiting factors for the lack of return to pre-injury sport level after ACLR [6, 7, 13]. Among these psychological factors is kinesiophobia, which is defined as ‘the fear of movement as a result of a feeling of susceptibility to pain or reinjury’ . Kinesiophobia is part of the fear avoidance model . This model suggests that there are two potential recovery pathways after suffering from an injury with a painful stimulus. Psychological factors such as kinesiophobia, pain catastrophizing and negative affect play a crucial role in this recovery process and when these factors turn into an irrational state of phobia, avoidance behaviour, disability and chronic pain may follow (Fig. 1) [38, 39].
Kinesiophobia has been extensively linked to ACLR. Although kinesiophobia levels seem to decrease after surgical reconstruction, high levels of kinesiophobia are still present in patients after ACLR [13, 29]. Previous research reported a prevalence of 62% at 4–8 weeks post-ACLR . The current study provides new insights into the prevalence of kinesiophobia in different stages of rehabilitation after ACLR. Prevalence of kinesiophobia at 3 months postoperatively reflects the early postoperative phase in which full range of motion of the knee is restored . Twelve months postoperatively reflects the final postoperative phase where the ACL graft reaches its maximum mechanical strength  and the regular rehabilitation process usually ends .
Kinesiophobia is linked to lower rates of return to sport [6, 7, 52], lower self-reported knee function [13, 18, 29] and greater risk of reinjury [6, 7, 41, 43]. Since potential interventions are most effective in the early stage of rehabilitation , it is of great interest to predict kinesiophobia in the early postoperative phase. Previous research has not been able to identify preoperative predictors of kinesiophobia . Pain intensity  and the way a patient copes with pain  are thought to affect activity behaviour and are therefore potential predictors of kinesiophobia. However, contrary to what would be expected based on the fear avoidance model, preoperative knee pain was not identified as a predictor of kinesiophobia . Another potential predictor for kinesiophobia is the duration of injury-to-surgery time (ITST). A prolonged ITST is associated with a higher level of kinesiophobia, as these patients experience a longer period of knee instability, which could lead to kinesiophobia [37, 47]. Furthermore, research in chronic low back pain patients showed that patient characteristics such as male sex and high body mass index (BMI) were related to high kinesiophobia levels [11, 56, 57].
The primary aim of the current study is to gain insight into the prevalence of kinesiophobia preoperatively, 3 months postoperatively and 12 months postoperatively in patients with a primary ACLR. The secondary aim is to analyse the preoperative predictability of kinesiophobia at 3 months postoperatively. The present study hypothesizes that kinesiophobia levels will decrease during the rehabilitation process, since graft strength  and knee stability [2, 51] will increase and pain levels will decrease over time . It was hypothesized that patient characteristics, preoperative pain level and preoperative knee function will be potential predictor variables for kinesiophobia after ACLR.
Materials and methods
Study design and participants
A retrospective study with data, which were prospectively collected as part of standard care, was conducted to evaluate patients who visited the orthopaedic surgeon between January 2017 and December 2018 and underwent an ACLR at Máxima Medical Center. Inclusion criteria were primary ACLR, age ≥ 18 years and ability to complete a written survey in Dutch. Patients scheduled for revision ACLR were excluded. All surgical reconstructions were performed by two experienced orthopaedic knee surgeons using a hamstring tendon autograft. The Medical Ethical Committee at Máxima Medical Center declared that this study did not meet the criteria as stated by the Medical Research Involving Human Subjects Acts (WMO) and the local committee approved the execution of this study (METC 2018-162).
Patient characteristics (age, sex, BMI and injury side) and data regarding trauma mechanism, additional knee damage and ITST were extracted from the patients’ medical file and reviewed by a single researcher. Patient-reported outcome measures, collected online as part of the standard procedure to monitor the quality of care , were used to ascertain information on kinesiophobia (Tampa Scale for Kinesiophobia, TSK-17), pain (Knee injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score, KOOS pain subscale) and knee function (International Knee Documentation Committee, IKDC-2000). Patients indicated for an ACLR were asked to fill in the questionnaires preoperatively (T0) during their visit to our orthopaedic outpatient clinic. Postoperative questionnaires at three (T3) and 12 months postoperatively (T12) were linked to standard follow-up moments. These questionnaires were sent out and answered electronically or on paper. Since the TSK-17 was added to our patient-reported outcome measures in January 2018, limited follow-up data on TSK-17 scores were available. The present study chose to examine the predictability of kinesiophobia 3 months postoperatively, since potential interventions are most effective in the early stage of rehabilitation .
Kinesiophobia was assessed by the Dutch version of the TSK-17, a 17-item questionnaire . Each item has a 4-point Likert scale with scores ranging from 1 ‘strongly disagree’ to 4 ‘strongly agree’. The total score is calculated by summing responses from all 17 items, with possible scores ranging from 17 to 68. A cutoff point of 37 was determined in previous research in chronic low back pain patients with a score > 37 indicating a high level of kinesiophobia and a score ≤ 37 a low level of kinesiophobia . This cutoff point of 37 was based on the median TSK-17 score in a large group of chronic low back pain patients. The minimal clinically important difference, measured in patients with chronic low back pain, for the TSK-17 is 4 . The psychometric properties of the TSK-17 are satisfactory: internal consistency (α = 0.76), test–retest reliability (ICC = 0.82, SEM = 3.16) and responsiveness (SRM = − 1.19) .
Potential predictor variables included in the multivariable analysis were determined based on literature on kinesiophobia, the fear of avoidance model and clinical expertise in light of the available data. Baseline characteristics of the study population (age, sex, BMI), injury-to-surgery time, preoperative knee pain and preoperative subjective knee function were used as predictor variables. Preoperative knee pain was assessed by the pain subscale of the Dutch version of the KOOS . The KOOS consists of 42 items divided into five independent subscales: pain, symptoms, ADL, sports/recreation and quality of life. All items have five possible answers ranging from 0 ‘no problems’ to 4 ‘extreme problems’. Scores per subscale are transformed to a 0–100 scale with 0 representing extreme knee problems and 100 representing no knee problems. A total score of all five subscales combined has not been validated . KOOS subscales can be used as separate outcome measures . The KOOS pain subscale addresses pain intensity during nine different daily life activities . The psychometric properties of the KOOS pain subscale are satisfactory: internal consistency (α = 0.84–0.91), test–retest reliability (ICC = 0.85–0.95) and minimal detectable change (6–6.1) . Preoperative subjective knee function was assessed by the Dutch version of IKDC-2000 . The IKDC-2000 comprises ten questions. Scores range from 0, representing the lowest level of function and highest level of symptoms, to 100, representing the highest level of function and lowest level of symptoms . The IKDC-2000 was preferred over the KOOS as a measure of subjective knee function, as the IKDC-2000 has been reported to have a better construct validity and better responsiveness to evaluate a patient’s subjective knee function after ACLR .
Statistical analysis was conducted using SPSS Statistics 25.0 (IBM Corp, Armonk, New York, United States). The prevalence of kinesiophobia at each time point was calculated by measuring the number of patients with a high kinesiophobia level (TSK > 37) divided by the total number of patients with an ACLR multiplied by 100%.
To identify preoperative predictors of kinesiophobia at 3 months postoperatively, multivariable regression analysis was used. This analysis was preceded by a comparison of the baseline characteristics of the patients who completed the TSK-17 at 3 months postoperatively between the high and low level kinesiophobia subgroup. Descriptive statistics were calculated for baseline characteristics of all patients who completed the TSK-17 at 3 months postoperatively. Unpaired sample t test and Chi-square test were used to compare the baseline characteristics between the subgroups. The assumption of normally distributed data was checked with the Kolmogorov–Smirnov test and a scatter plot was used to visualize the distribution. Then, multivariable regression analysis with backward selection was used to identify preoperative predictors of kinesiophobia at 3 months postoperatively. Kinesiophobia (TSK-17) at 3 months postoperatively was used as the dependent variable. Patients characteristics (age, sex, BMI), injury-to-surgery time, preoperative knee pain (KOOS pain subscale) and preoperative knee function (IKDC-2000) were used as independent variables. Backward selection starts with all potential relevant independent variables and gradually eliminates the variables that have a non-significant contribution to the multivariable model. This analysis was applied to achieve the most informative combination of predictors for kinesiophobia. Results were reported as R2, regression coefficient and p value. Statistical significance level for multivariable regression analysis was set at p < 0.05. In addition, univariable regression analysis was performed on the subset of patients who completed both the preoperative and 3 months postoperative TSK-17 to assess the predictive power of preoperative kinesiophobia.
A total of 375 patients underwent an ACLR between January 2017 and December 2018. Of these, 331 patients met the inclusion and exclusion criteria. In the end, 134 patients (95.0%) completed the TSK-17 at T0, 102 patients (77.3%) at T3 and 117 patients (75.5%) at T12. These patients were analysed to determine the prevalence of kinesiophobia (Fig. 2). The sum of this exceeds the total number of included patients, since 97 of the included patients completed the TSK-17 at two different follow-up moments (T0 and T3 or T3 and T12). Regarding our secondary aim on predictability of kinesiophobia at 3 months postoperatively, we included the 102 patients who completed the TSK-17 at T3 and used their baseline characteristics, baseline pain level (KOOS pain subscale) and baseline subjective knee function (IKDC-2000) as predictors. Both preoperative and postoperative TSK-17 was completed by 51 of these 102 patients, since the TSK-17 was integrated in our outpatient clinic from January 2018 onward.
Prevalence of kinesiophobia
Table 1 summarizes the prevalence of kinesiophobia preoperatively, 3 months postoperatively and 12 months postoperatively in patients who underwent ACLR. At all three time points, kinesiophobia levels significantly differed between the high and low kinesiophobia subgroups: T0 45.3 ± 5.0 vs. 33.0 ± 3.5, T3 42.5 ± 4.9 vs. 31.9 ± 3.8 and T12 42.0 ± 4.5 vs. 30.7 ± 6.2, p < 0.05). The mean difference exceeded the minimal clinical important difference of 4 points, although it should be noted that this was determined in patients with chronic low back pain.
Potential predictors of kinesiophobia
The preoperative characteristics of the 102 patients who completed the T3 questionnaires are reported in Table 2. Patients were divided into a high kinesiophobia (TSK > 37) and low kinesiophobia (TSK ≤ 37) subgroup. Preoperative pain level and ITST were the baseline characteristics that were significantly different between the two subgroups. Other baseline characteristics (age, sex, BMI, injury side, additional knee damage, trauma mechanism) and subjective knee function were not statistically significant different between the high and low kinesiophobia subgroups.
After applying multivariable regression analysis with backward selection, the following variables remained in the prediction model: ITST, preoperative pain level, sex and BMI. The full model, using these variables, predicts a high level of kinesiophobia 3 months postoperatively for 38.4% (R2 = 0.384, p = 0.02) (Table 3). The model was created with data available of 102 patients. The strongest correlation was seen with ITST (R2 = 0.20, β = 0.85, p < 0.01). A regression coefficient of 0.85 indicates that a delay of 1 month without surgery is correlated with an increase in 0.85 point on the TSK-17. Preoperative pain level was identified as the second strongest predictor of postoperative kinesiophobia (R2 = 0.11, β = − 0.13, p < 0.01). As the KOOS is inversely scored, the negative regression coefficient indicates that a 1 point increase in pain score on the KOOS pain subscale is correlated with an increase in 0.13 point on the TSK-17. Since sex and BMI were not expected to influence kinesiophobia based on the comparison between patients with high and low levels of kinesiophobia (Table 2), the present study looked into a possible confounding effect of these two variables. To this end, we investigated whether the distribution of sex was skewed for preoperative pain level and ITST. Regarding sex, preoperative pain level among women was significantly higher compared to their men counterpart (respectively, 59.8 ± 20.1 and 71.6 ± 19.2, p < 0.01). No sex difference in ITST was found (5.4 ± 3.0 months in women and 5.0 ± 2.3 months in men, p = ns). Besides, we investigated whether the distribution of BMI was skewed for preoperative pain level and ITST. For BMI, ITST appeared to be longer in the high BMI (BMI ≥ 25 kg/m2) compared to the low BMI (BMI < 25 kg/m2) subgroup (respectively, 5.8 ± 3.0 months and 4.7 ± 2.3 months; p = 0.04). No difference between the high BMI and low BMI subgroups in preoperative pain level was found (respectively, 65.1 ± 21.3 and 67.6 ± 19.8, p = ns).
Univariable linear regression analysis on the subset of patients who completed both preoperative and 3 months postoperative TSK-17 revealed preoperative kinesiophobia as a strong predictor for postoperative kinesiophobia (R2 = 0.35, β = 0.62, p < 0.01).
The most important finding of the present study is the high prevalence of kinesiophobia pre-ACLR (69.2%), 3 months post-ACLR (43.1%) and 12 months post-ACLR (30.8%). Secondarily, this study shows that a high level of kinesiophobia at 3 months postoperatively is explained for 38.4% by a prolonged ITST, high preoperative pain level, male sex and low BMI.
This is the first study that examines the predictive value of ITST on kinesiophobia. The optimal timing of ACLR is an important clinical decision . Various studies have suggested that there is an increased risk of arthrofibrosis and decreased range of motion if reconstruction is performed within 3 weeks after injury [49, 50]. More recent research contradicted this hypothesis . Conversely, delayed ACLR could lead to secondary meniscal or chondral lesions . The current study finds that a prolonged ITST will make patients more prone to kinesiophobia 3 months after surgical reconstruction. This result is in line with our hypothesis that patients with a longer time between injury and surgical reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament are more susceptible to kinesiophobia due to the experience of a prolonged time of functional knee instability [37, 47].
Following Kroska et al. , who stated that higher pain intensity is associated with fear avoidance behaviour, the present study suggested an association between preoperative pain and postoperative kinesiophobia. Previous research found no correlation between pain at injury time and postoperative kinesiophobia in patients who underwent an ACLR . However, the patients’ ability to remember pain at injury time, 3–4 years in retrospect, could have led to recall bias in that study. Recall bias was prevented in the present study by measuring preoperative pain level in our outpatient clinic before surgical reconstruction instead of pain at injury time. Research on risk factors for kinesiophobia after total knee arthroplasty revealed that high pain intensity levels within 24 h after surgery were positively associated with high kinesiophobia levels . In patients with an ACLR, a similar association was seen between high pain scores and high kinesiophobia levels in the early postoperative phase, which declined during ACLR rehabilitation . Consequently, preoperative pain may play a crucial role in the development of kinesiophobia.
Since limited literature was available on preoperative predictors of kinesiophobia, the present study used backward selection to create a multivariable prediction model. Sex and BMI were included in the multivariable model, as they had a statistically significant contribution to the prediction model. Analysis of sex as a predictor for kinesiophobia revealed that male sex was associated with higher kinesiophobia levels. This result is in line with previous research in chronic low back pain patients, where men showed higher frequency of kinesiophobia (72% in men and 48% in women, p < 0.001) and higher level of kinesiophobia (TSK-17 score 43.4 in men and 37.7 in women, p < 0.001) compared to women . Analysis of BMI revealed that low BMI was positively correlated with a higher kinesiophobia level. This is in contradiction to previous research in chronic low back pain patients, where a higher BMI was associated with elevated kinesiophobia levels [56, 57]. This discrepancy is explained by the limited BMI range in our sample (24.1 ± 2.9 kg/m2), which does not represent the BMI range of the population truthfully. The relationship between BMI and kinesiophobia needs to be further analysed in future research with a BMI range in the study population that represents the BMI range of the worldwide population.
With regard to clinical relevance, the findings of the current study will help in the development of a screening tool for kinesiophobia in patients who undergo ACLR. Since the present study is the first to examine predictors for kinesiophobia after ACLR, more research on predictor variables is needed. Based on the current study and the fear avoidance model, at least patient characteristics and information on the timing of treatment and pain experience should be part of the screening tool to identify patients who are at risk for postoperative kinesiophobia. The ultimate goal of this screening tool is early identification of patients at risk for kinesiophobia, which creates the possibility to treat patients [4, 16]. Addressing kinesiophobia early might break the vicious circle of the fear avoidance model (Fig. 1), positively affecting the rehabilitation process and possibly increasing the return to pre-injury sport level rate after ACLR. Considering the multifactorial aspect of kinesiophobia, treatment of kinesiophobia needs to be executed in a multidisciplinary rehabilitation setting . Recent research showed promising results of cognitive behavioural therapy as treatment for kinesiophobia in patients after knee surgery [11, 40]. Future challenge will be to implement these therapies into the regular ACLR rehabilitation program.
Future research has to be conducted on identifying additional predictors for kinesiophobia. We have suggested, based on clinical expertise, that the number of moments of giving way could be useful, since this is related to increased knee instability. Previous research already proved the association between knee instability and high kinesiophobia levels [37, 47]. Since kinesiophobia plays a crucial role in the fear avoidance model, other psychological factors that are part of this model need to be taken into account when predicting postoperative kinesiophobia. Pain catastrophizing, which is defined as the tendency to magnify the threat value of pain stimulus , should be considered in future research by implementing the Pain Catastrophizing Scale. It is hypothesized that patients who tend to catastrophize their pain are more prone to kinesiophobia [38, 58]. Besides, increasing attention should be given to self-efficacy  as individuals with high self-efficacy seem to have a higher ability to manage challenging situations and could possibly escape the process of kinesiophobia and avoidance behaviour [8, 63].
The present study has some limitations. The retrospective study design limited the available data that could be considered as predictor variables in the multivariable model. Objective knee parameters obtained during knee examination were not documented in detail for each patient. These parameters could be useful in future research to investigate whether kinesiophobia can be objectified. In addition, no information on pre-injury sport level was available. This might have affected the ITST, since professional athletes with an anterior cruciate ligament injury commonly wish to avoid unnecessary postponement of their surgery and prefer early surgical reconstruction . Furthermore, the role of preoperative kinesiophobia as predictor for postoperative kinesiophobia should be evaluated in more detail in future research. In the small subset of patients (n = 51) who completed the preoperative and 3 months postoperative TSK-17 questionnaire, we showed preoperative kinesiophobia as a strong predictor for postoperative kinesiophobia. The positive association between low BMI and high postoperative kinesiophobia levels found in the present study needs to be further analysed due to the limited BMI range in our sample. Since this is the first study on the predictability of kinesiophobia based on multiple preoperative factors, the results of this study have to be externally validated. External validation is essential before implementing the outcome of this study in clinical practice .
Although the prevalence of kinesiophobia decreases during postoperative rehabilitation, high kinesiophobia is still present in a large portion of the ACLR patients. The combination of a prolonged ITST, high preoperative pain level, male sex and low BMI predicts a high level of kinesiophobia 3 months after ACLR for 38.4%. Additional parameters need to be identified to develop a screening tool for kinesiophobia to detect and treat patients during the rehabilitation process and thereby potentially increasing the return to pre-injury sport level rate after ACLR.
Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction
Tampa Scale for Kinesiophobia
Knee Injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score
International Knee Documentation Committee
- T 0 :
- T 3 :
Three months postoperative
- T 12 :
Twelve months postoperative
Almekinders LC, Moore T, Freedman D, Taft TN (1995) Post-operative problems following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc 3(2):78–82
Anderson AF, Snyder RB, Lipscomb AB Jr (2001) Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: a prospective randomized study of three surgical methods. Am J Sports Med 29(3):272–279
Ardern CL, Webster KE, Taylor NF, Feller JA (2011) Return to sport following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction surgery: a systematic review and meta-analysis of the state of play. Br J Sports Med 45(7):596–606
Ardern CL, Taylor NF, Feller JA, Whitehead TS, Webster KE (2013) Psychological responses matter in returning to preinjury level of sport after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Am J Sports Med 41(7):1549–1558
Ardern CL, Taylor NF, Feller JA, Webster KE (2014) Fifty-five per cent return to competitive sport following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction surgery: an updated systematic review and meta-analysis including aspects of physical functioning and contextual factors. Br J Sports Med 48(21):1543–1552
Ardern CL, Osterberg A, Tagesson S, Gauffin H, Webster KE et al (2014) The impact of psychological readiness to return to sport and recreational activities after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Br J Sports Med 48:1613–1619
Ardern CL (2015) Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction-not exactly a one-way ticket back to the preinjury level: a review of contextual factors affecting return to sport after surgery. Sports Health 7:224–230
Bandura A (1995) Self-Efficacy in Changing Societies. Cambridge University Press, New York
Bleeker SE, Moll HA, Steyerberg EW, Donders ART, Derksen-Lubsen G et al (2003) External validation is necessary in prediction research: a clinical example. J Clin Epidemiol 56(9):826–832
Bränström H, Fahlström M (2008) Kinesiophobia in patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain: differences between men and women. J Rehabil Med 40(5):375–380
Cai L, Gao H, Xu H, Wang Y, Lyu P et al (2018) Does a program based on cognitive behavioral therapy affect kinesiophobia in patients following total knee arthroplasty? A randomized, controlled trial with a 6-month follow-up. J Arthroplasty 33(3):704–710
Cai L, Liu Y, Xu H, Xu Q, Wang Y, Lyu P (2018) Incidence and risk factors of kinesiophobia after total knee arthroplasty in Zhengzhou, China: a cross-sectional study. J Arthroplasty 33(9):2858–2862
Chmielewski TL, Jones D, Day T, Tillman SM, Lentz TA et al (2008) The association of pain and fear of movement/reinjury with function during anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction rehabilitation. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 38(12):746–753
Chmielewski TL, Zeppieri G Jr, Lentz TA, Tillman SM, Moser MW et al (2011) Longitudinal changes in psychosocial factors and their association with knee pain and function after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Phys Ther 91(9):1355–1366
Collins NJ, Misra D, Felson DT, Crossle KM, Roos EM (2011) Measures of knee function: international Knee Documentation Committee (IKDC) Subjective Knee Evaluation Form, Knee Injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score (KOOS), Knee Injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score Physical Function Short Form (KOOS-PS), Knee Outcome Survey Activities of Daily Living Scale (KOS-ADL), Lysholm Knee Scoring Scale, Oxford Knee Score (OKS), Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC), Activity Rating Scale (ARS), and Tegner Activity Score (TAS). Arthrit Care Res 63(S11):S208–S228
Cozzi AL, Dunn KL, Harding JL, McLeod TCV, Bacon CEW (2015) Kinesiophobia after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction in physically active individuals. J Sport Rehabil 24(4):434–439
Cupal DD, Brewer BW (2001) Effects of relaxation and guided imagery on knee strength, reinjury anxiety, and pain following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Rehab Psych 46(1):28
Czuppon S, Racette BA, Klein SE, Harris-Hayes M (2014) Variables associated with return to sport following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: a systematic review. Br J Sports Med 48(5):356–364
De Groot IB, Favejee MM, Reijman M, Verhaar JA, Terwee CB (2008) The Dutch version of the knee injury and osteoarthritis outcome score: a validation study. Health Qual Life Outcomes 6(1):16
Eriksson K, Von Essen C, Jönhagen S, Barenius B (2018) No risk of arthrofibrosis after acute anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc 26(10):2875–2882
Evans S, Shaginaw J, Bartolozzi A (2014) ACL reconstruction: it’s all about timing. Int J Sports Phys Ther 9(2):268–273
Everhart JS, Best TM, Flanigan DC (2015) Psychological predictors of anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction outcomes: a systematic review. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc 23(3):752–762
Flanigan DC, Everhart JS, Pedroza A, Smith T, Kaeding CC (2013) Fear of reinjury (kinesiophobia) and persistent knee symptoms are common factors for lack of return to sport after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Arthroscopy 29(8):1322–1329
Garrett WE Jr, Swiontkowski MF, Weinstein JN, Callaghan J, Rosier RN et al (2006) American board of orthopaedic surgery practice of the orthopaedic surgeon: part-II, certification examination case mix. J Bone Joint Surg 88(3):660–667
George SZ, Lentz TA, Zeppieri G Jr, Lee D, Chmielewski TL (2012) Analysis of shortened versions of the Tampa Scale for Kinesiophobia and Pain Catastrophizing Scale for patients following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Clinic J Pain 28(1):73
Gignac MA, Cao X, Ramanathan S, White LM, Hurtig M et al (2015) Perceived personal importance of exercise and fears of reinjury: a longitudinal study of psychological factors related to activity after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. BMC Sports Sci Med Rehabil 7(1):4
Gobbi A, Francisco R (2006) Factors affecting return to sports after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction with patellar tendon and hamstring graft: a prospective clinical investigation. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc 14:1021–1028
Gobbi A, Shino K, Nakamura N, Mudhigere A (2018) Revision anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. In: Prodromos, The Anterior Cruciate Ligament: Reconstruction and basic science, 2nd edn. pp 364–5
Hartigan EH, Lynch AD, Logerstedt DS, Chmielewski TL, Mackler L (2013) Kinesiophobia after anterior cruciate ligament rupture and reconstruction: noncopers versus potential copers. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 43(11):821–832
Haverkamp D, Sierevelt IN, Breugem SJ, Lohuis K, Blankevoort L et al (2006) Translation and validation of the Dutch version of the international knee documentation committee subjective knee form. Am J Sports Med 34(10):1680–1684
Janssen RPA, Scheffler SU (2014) Intra-articular remodelling of hamstring tendon grafts after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc 22(9):2102–2108
Kori S, Miller R, Todd D (1990) Kineisiophobia: a new view of chronic pain behavior. Pain Manag 3(1):35–43
Kroska EB (2016) A meta-analysis of fear-avoidance and pain intensity: the paradox of chronic pain. Scand J Pain 13:43–58
Kvist J, Ek A, Sporrstedt K, Good L (2005) Fear of re-injury: a hindrance for returning to sports after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc 13(5):393–397
Larsson C, Hansson EE, Sundquist K, Jakobsson U (2016) Kinesiophobia and its relation to pain characteristics and cognitive affective variables in older adults with chronic pain. BMC Geriatr 16(1):128
Lawrance L, McLeroy KR (1986) Self-efficacy and health education. J Sch Health 56(8):317–321
Lentz TA, Zeppieri G Jr, George SZ, Tillman SM, Moser MW et al (2015) Comparison of physical impairment, functional, and psychosocial measures based on fear of reinjury/lack of confidence and return-to-sport status after ACL reconstruction. Am J Sports Med 43(2):345–353
Lethem J, Slade PD, Troup JDG, Bentley G (1983) Outline of a fear-avoidance model of exaggerated pain perception. Behav Res Ther 21(4):401–408
Lüning Bergsten C, Lundberg M, Lindberg P, Elfving B (2012) Change in kinesiophobia and its relation to activity limitation after multidisciplinary rehabilitation in patients with chronic back pain. Disabil Rehabil 34(10):852–858
Monticone M, Ferrante S, Teli M, Rocca B, Foti C et al (2014) Management of catastrophising and kinesiophobia improves rehabilitation after fusion for lumbar spondylolisthesis and stenosis. A randomised controlled trial. Eur Spine J 23(1):87–95
Paterno MV, Flynn K, Thomas S, Schmitt LC (2018) Self-reported fear predicts functional performance and second ACL injury after ACL reconstruction and return to sport: a pilot study. Sports Health 10(3):228–233
Prodinger B, Taylor P (2018) Improving quality of care through patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs): expert interviews using the NHS PROMs Programme and the Swedish quality registers for knee and hip arthroplasty as examples. BMC Health Serv Res 18(1):87
Quartana PJ, Campbell CM, Edwards RR (2009) Pain catastrophizing: a critical review. Expert Rev Neurother 9(5):745–758
Rambaud AJ, Ardern CL, Thoreux P, Regnaux JP, Edouard P (2018) Criteria for return to running after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: a scoping review. Br J Sports Med 52(22):1437–1444
Roos EM, Roos HP, Lohmander LS, Ekdahl C, Beynnon BD (1998) Knee Injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score (KOOS)—development of a self-administered outcome measure. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 28(2):88–96
Ross MD (2010) The relationship between functional levels and fear-avoidance beliefs following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. J Orthop Trauma 11(4):237–243
Sánchez-Herán Á, Carmona D, Ferrer-Peña R, López-de-Uralde-Villanueva I, Martínez A et al (2016) Postural stability in osteoarthritis of the knee and hip: analysis of association with pain catastrophizing and fear-avoidance beliefs. PM&R 8(7):618–628
Shah RC, Ghagare J, Shyam A, Sancheti P (2017) Prevalence of kinesiophobia in young adults post ACL re-construction. IJPR 5(1):1798–1801
Shelbourne KD, Foulk DA (1995) Timing of surgery in acute anterior cruciate ligament tears on the return of quadriceps muscle strength after reconstruction using an autogenous patellar tendon graft. Am J Sports Med 23:686–689
Shelbourne KD, Wilcken JH, Mollabashy A, DeCarlo M (1991) Arthrofibrosis in acute anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. The effect of timing of reconstruction and rehabilitation. Am J Sports Med 19(4):332–336
Shelbourne KD, Stube KC (1997) Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)-deficient knee with degenerative arthrosis: treatment with an isolated autogenous patellar tendon ACL reconstruction. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc 5(3):150–156
Tripp DA, Stanish W, -Lam A, Brewer BW, Birchard J (2011) Fear of reinjury, negative affect, and catastrophizing predicting return to sport in recreational athletes with anterior cruciate ligament injuries at 1 year postsurgery. Sport Exerc Perform Psychol 1:38–44
Vægter HB, Madsen AB, Handberg G, Graven-Nielsen T (2018) Kinesiophobia is associated with pain intensity but not pain sensitivity before and after exercise: an explorative analysis. Physiother 104(2):187–193
Van Meer BL, Meuffels DE, Vissers MM, Bierma-Zeinstra SM, Verhaar JA et al (2013) Knee injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score or International Knee Documentation Committee Subjective Knee Form: which questionnaire is most useful to monitor patients with an anterior cruciate ligament rupture in the short term? Arthroscopy 29(4):701–715
Van Melick N, Van Cingel RE, Brooijmans F, Neeter C, Van Tienen T, Hullegie W, -van der Sanden MW (2016) Evidence-based clinical practice update: practice guidelines for anterior cruciate ligament rehabilitation based on a systematic review and multidisciplinary consensus. Br J Sports Med 50(24):1506–1515
Vincent HK, Lamb KM, Day TI, Tillman SM, Vincent KR et al (2010) Morbid obesity is associated with fear of movement and lower quality of life in patients with knee pain-related diagnoses. PM&R 2(8):713–722
Vincent HK, Seay AN, Montero C, Conrad BP, Hurley RW et al (2013) Kinesiophobia and fear avoidance beliefs in overweight older adults with chronic low back pain, relationship to walking endurance: part II. Am J Phys Med Rehabil 92(5):439
Vlaeyen JW, Kole-Snijders AM, Boeren RG, Van Eek H (1995) Fear of movement/(re) injury in chronic low back pain and its relation to behavioral performance. Pain 62(3):363–372
Vlaeyen JW, Linton SJ (2012) Fear-avoidance model of chronic musculoskeletal pain: 12 years on. Pain 153(6):1144–1147
Wertli MM, Rasmussen-Barr E, Held U, Weiser S, Bachmann LM et al (2014) Fear-avoidance beliefs—a moderator of treatment efficacy in patients with low back pain: a systematic review. Spine J 14(11):2658–2678
Wijnhoven HA, de Vet HC, Picavet HS (2006) Prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders is systematically higher in women than in men. Clin J Pain 22:717–724
Woby SR, Roach NK, Urmston M, Watson PJ (2005) Psychometric properties of the TSK-11: a shortened version of the Tampa Scale for Kinesiophobia. Pain 117(1–2):137–144
Woby SR, Urmston M, Watson PJ (2007) Self-efficacy mediates the relation between pain-related fear and outcome in chronic low back pain patients. Eur J Pain 11(7):711–8. 14
No sources of funding to declare.
Conflict of interest
The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
The Medical Ethical Committee at Máxima Medical Center declared that this study did not meet the criteria as stated by the Medical Research Involving Human Subjects Acts (WMO) and the local committee approved the execution of this study (METC 2018-162).
Springer Nature remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations.
About this article
Cite this article
Theunissen, W.W.E.S., van der Steen, M.C., Liu, W.Y. et al. Timing of anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction and preoperative pain are important predictors for postoperative kinesiophobia. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00167-019-05838-z
- Fear of movement
- Fear avoidance model
- Knee joint
- Patient-reported outcome measures
- Tampa Scale for Kinesiophobia