Exercise is the best intervention for knee osteoarthritis says review of the evidence
Physical activity comes up trumps in a new analysis of non-drug and non-surgical interventions for knee arthritis published in an academic journal.
A team of experts trawled through the scientific research and found 52 relevant trials, of which five met the study criteria.
Exercise (especially resistance training) had the most positive effects on people with knee osteoarthritis. Pulsed electromagnetic fields and moxibustion showed promise too.
“Balance training, diet, diathermy, hydrotherapy, high level laser therapy, interferential current, mudpack, neuromuscular electrical stimulation, musculoskeletal manipulations, shock wave therapy, focal muscle vibration, stood out, however more studies are needed to fully recommend their use,” the team concludes.
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