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Archive for June 28th, 2010

PT for OA

Physical Therapy has been proven to relieve pain and stiffness as effectively as knee surgery.  A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine can be added to the laundry list of science that supports physical therapy has an effective osteoarthritis treatment.

Physical Therapy will generally provide a series of exercises to help improve strength, flexibility, and range of motion.  Patients learn how to take care of their entire body in relation to their arthritic knee so they can minimize symptoms and perform activities of daily living with less pain.

Kirkley, BIrmingham, Litchfied, et al: A Randomized Trial of Arthroscopic Surgery for OSteoarthritis of the Knee.  New England Journal of Medicine, 2008.  Vol 359: 1097-1107.