Journal article

Efficacy of physiotherapy management of knee joint osteoarthritis: a randomised, double blind, placebo controlled trial

KL Bennell, RS Hinman, BR Metcalf, R Buchbinder, J McConnell, G McColl, S Green, KM Crossley

ANNALS OF THE RHEUMATIC DISEASES | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2005

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To determine whether a multimodal physiotherapy programme including taping, exercises, and massage is effective for knee osteoarthritis, and if benefits can be maintained with self management. METHODS: Randomised, double blind, placebo controlled trial; 140 community volunteers with knee osteoarthritis participated and 119 completed the trial. Physiotherapy and placebo interventions were applied by 10 physiotherapists in private practices for 12 weeks. Physiotherapy included exercise, massage, taping, and mobilisation, followed by 12 weeks of self management. Placebo was sham ultrasound and light application of a non-therapeutic gel, followed by no treatment. Primary outcomes were..

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