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ACE Report #6557
Ace Report Cover Osteoarthritis

APTA: Ultrasound and diathermy equally effective for treatment of Knee OA

Study Type:Meta-analysis/Systematic Review
OE Level Evidence:N/A
Journal Level of Evidence:N/A

Effectiveness of short-wave diathermy compared to ultrasound at treating pain in patients with knee osteoarthritis: a systematic review

Contributing Authors: M Kaminski A White A Wied C Wymer S Ryer

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10 high quality RCTs, were analyzed via systematic review to determine the effect ultrasound and diathermy have on pain and function in patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA). Analysis indicated that ultrasound and diathermy were both effective treatments for reducing pain and improving function; however, no difference was demonstrated between the two treatments regarding these outcomes.

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