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Outcomes Better at One Year with Physical Therapy for Knee Osteoarthritis

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For patients with osteoarthritis of the knee, those undergoing physical therapy have less pain and functional disability at one year compared with those who receive an intraarticular glucocorticoid injection, according to a study published in the April 9 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Gail D. Deyle, D.Sc., from Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, and colleagues compared physical therapy with glucocorticoid injection in a primary care setting in the U.S. Military Health System. A total of 156 patients with osteoarthritis in one or both knees were randomly assigned to ...