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Combined exercise programme most effective in knee and hip OA

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Combined programmes of flexibility, strengthening and aerobic exercise are most likely to relieve pain and improve function in patients with knee and hip osteoarthritis, according to a meta-analysis just published in the BMJ.

Researchers at the Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre at Keele University used 60 trials - 44 on knee OA, two on hip and 14 mixed - covering 12 exercise interventions including 8218 patients.

The following were more effective than no exercise for pain relief:

- strengthening

- flexibility plus strengthening

- flexibility plus strengthening plus aerobic

- aquatic strengthening

- aquatic strengthening plus flexibility

A combined intervention of strengthening, flexibility, and aerobic exercise was also significantly more effective than no exercise control for improving limitation in function.


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  • exercises designed to improve range of motion of knee and strengthen muscles around the knee, ie "straight leg raise" and "static quads"

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