Short-term efficacy of physical interventions in osteoarthritic knee pain. A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised placebo-controlled trials

Review and meta-analysis of randomised placebo-controlled trials where patients received active treatment with physical agents to treat osteoartritis of the knee (OAK). The physical agents included: manual acupuncture, static magnets, ultrasound, pulsed electromagnetic fields, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) electro-acupuncture (EA), and low level laser therapy (LLLT). This study concludes that TENS, EA, and LLLT administered with optimal doses in an intensive 2-4 week treatment regimen seem to offer clinically relevant short-term pain relief for osteoarthritis of the knee.

Published:  BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. 2007; 8:51. doi:10.1186/1471-2474-8-51

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