Acupuncture and Lateral Wedge Insole Benefit Patients with Medial Compartment Knee Osteoarthritis
In a parallel-group randomized controlled trial involving 40 patients with grade 2 or 3 medial knee osteoarthritis (OA), treatment with acupuncture was found to be as effective as treatment with an in-shoe lateral wedge, in significantly reducing pain and improving function, and non-clinically statistically significantly influencing femoral and tibial cartilage thickness. The authors conclude, "Both lateral wedge insole and acupuncture can be effective in the treatment of medial knee osteoarthritis without any superiority of one over the other."
"Comparison the effect of lateral wedge insole and acupuncture in medial compartment knee osteoarthritis: A randomized controlled trial," Ashraf A, Zarei F, et al, Knee, 2013 Dec 27; [Epub ahead of print]. (Address: Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran).
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