A two-fold way to reduce pain, improve function for knee osteoarthritis

Created date

January 23rd, 2019
A man clutches his knee while walking up stairs.

Do stairs hurt your knees? A new procedure could be the answer.

The American Academy of Family Physicians conducted a study to determine if a two-fold intervention could help osteoarthritis patients have reduced pain and better functional status.

A total of 208 primary care patients were recruited and split into two groups. The first group received passive joint mobilization of the patellofemoral joint once every two months for three treatment sessions. The subjects were also prescribed twice-daily supervised home exercise. The other group of subjects received no treatment.

Study results

At the 24-week mark, the subjects who received treatment had significantly better pain scores than the control group. The researchers say that unlike conventional mobilization therapy, which is more intense and requires multiple treatments, this type of passive mobilization can be performed in a primary care doctor’s office and only takes about an hour for doctors to learn how to perform it.

More studies are needed to compare results with other types of treatments and determine the best ways for people with knee osteoarthritis to reduce pain and improve their quality of life.