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OARSI – Recommendation IV: Physical Therapy Works

July 16, 2010

This is a continuation of our series on the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) recommendations for the management of hip and knee osteoarthritis published in the Journal of Osteoarthritis and Cartilage.

Physical Therapy Helps Knee OA

Physical Therapy Helps Knee OA

Recommendation IV

Physical Therapy may help patients with symptomatic hip and knee osteoarthritis.

Physical therapists will evaluate patients and instruct them on appropriate exercises to increase function and decrease pain in patients with hip and knee osteoarthritis.

This recommendation is based mostly on expert opinion.  Referrals for physical therapy were recommended by 100% of the research team.  However three randomized clinical trials also supported referrals to physical therapy as an effective osteoarthritis treatment option.

The research team gave this treatment option a Strength of Recommendation score of 89%.

W. Zhang Ph.D., Moskowitz M.D., et al. OARSI recommendations for the management of hip and knee osteoarthritis, Part II: OARSI evidence-based, expert consensus guidelines. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. (2008) 16, 137-162.


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