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Knocking Out Knee Pain
Story Updated: Nov 7, 2012
For many of them this serious joint disease has affected their knees. In fact, experts now predict 1 in 2 people may develop knee osteoarthritis in their lifetime.
A new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine compared treatments for knee osteoarthritis to see what effect they had on pain, physical function and disability.
Researchers reviewed 193 trials conducted from 1970 through February of 2012.
Among the therapies included were strength training, massage, tai chi, aerobic exercise electrical stimulation and ultrasound.
After analyzing the data, the team found evidence that aerobic and aquatic exercise improved disability and that aerobic exercise, strength training and ultrasound lessened pain and improved function.
Patients who stuck with their exercise programs experienced more relief suggesting, according to researchers, that adherence was more important than amount or intensity. I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with news from today that can lead to healthy tomorrows.