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Helping Arthritis Pain with Matt Slimming, PT, DPT Dear Valued Client, In a recent study, 83 patients with osteoarthritis were divided to receive either hands-on physical therapy or a placebo
By 8 weeks, patients were able to walk further and faster with much less or completely resolved pain. Their joint stiffness, aches and mobility had improved by 55% compared to the placebo group who had no treatment. At one year, patients in the treatment group still were doing great in terms of less pain and more mobility. Other benefits included less need for surgery with only 5% of patients in the treatment group having undergone surgery as compared to 20% with the placebo group. In general, if you are suffering from osteoarthritis, especialy of the back, hip or knee, physical therapy decreases the pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis and may delay or prevent the need for more invasive treatments, like injections or surgery. Isn’t it time you did something about your arthritis and pains? Call us today at Star Physical Therapy Clinics so we can make a positive difference in your life. Look inside to learn more about our programs and say good-bye to your aches, pains and joint stiffness.
Matt Slimming Physical Therapist
that actually did nothing to help their pain without them knowing. The group that received hands-on therapy, had therapy to the knee, low back, hip and ankle as required. They then performed a knee exercise program in the clinic and at home. The group taking the placebo had just low intensity ultrasound, a form of deep heat, to the problem area. Both groups were treated at the clinic twice weekly for 4 weeks. Tests were done to measure how well the people were doing compared to their initial visit, 4 weeks, 8 weeks and 1 year later. The results were very impressive showing the patients who had hands-on physical therapy, combined with specific exercises had significant improvements in their pain, mobility and function.
Annals of Internal Medicine: February 1, 2000 vol. 132 no. 3 173-181. Gail D. Deyle, MPT;NancyE.Henderson,PhD,MPT;RobertL.Matekel,MPT;MichaelG.Ryder,MPT; MatthewB.Garber,MPT; andStephenC.Allison,PhD,MPT,ECS
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