Swedish Massage Improves Pain in Veterans With Knee OA

DURHAM, NC — Swedish massage appears to be a helpful option for VA patients with osteoarthritis of the knee. That’s according to  a study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. It found that  Veterans with osteoarthritis of… Read More

Why a Racial Difference in Preference for Knee Replacement?

TUCSON, AZ — Racial disparities exist in use of total knee replacement (TKR), and patient preferences play a role in that, according to a new study seeking to identify the determinants of knee osteoarthritis (OA) patients’ preferences regarding TKR by… Read More

‘Booster’ PT Sessions Improve Osteoarthritis Treatment

PITTSBURGH — While the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) strongly recommends exercise therapy as a first-line conservative treatment for individuals with knee osteoarthritis (OA), evidence supporting manual therapy for knee OA indicates varying levels of effectiveness. A study presented at… Read More

Cognitive, Pain Issues Lower Function in OA Patients

PITTSBURGH — Some measures of decreased cognitive abilities and worse pain scores were associated with reduced physical function in older adults with painful knee osteoarthritis, according to a new study. The study, led by researchers from the Geriatric Research Education… Read More

Comorbidities Affect Key Osteoarthritis Outcomes

DURHAM, NC — When treating patients with osteoarthritis (OA), clinicians need to address comorbid conditions and their effect on key outcomes, according to a study. Results of the study, led by researchers from the Center for Health Services Research in… Read More

Periosteal Stimulation Therapy Shows Promise in Knee Pain

PITTSBURGH – Patients with painful knee osteoarthritis who received electrical stimulation of the periosteum facilitated by acupuncture needles showed modest improvement in pain, according to a study at the Veterans Administration Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS). Background in the article, published… Read More

Study Looks at PT with Different Acupuncture Techniques

PHILADELPHIA — How does the safety and effectiveness of traditional acupuncture techniques compare to nonpenetrating acupuncture combined with exercise-based physical therapy (EPT)? That was the question asked in a study that included researchers from the Philadelphia VAMC. The answer: Puncturing… Read More

Are Knee Injections by Rural Providers Cost-Effective?

SALT LAKE CITY – If enough patients are treated, training rural providers to perform knee injections for patients with osteoarthritis can be cost-effective, according to a new study funded by the VHA. Using the common threshold of $50,000 per quality-adjusted life… Read More