Physiotherapists and Pharmacists Can Help Reduce Knee Pain and Reliance on Painkillers

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Knee Pain Management

Pragmatic randomised clinical trial of the effectiveness of community physiotherapy and enhanced pharmacy review for knee pain in older people presenting to primary care.

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Older people with knee pain who receive their main care from physiotherapists and pharmacists are more likely to experience improvements in pain levels and knee function, and are less likely to need NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, eg asprin and ibuprofen), according to a BMJ study.

Researchers from Keele University undertook a study involving over 300 people with knee pain. The participants (aged over 55), were split into three groups.

The first group took part in an 'enhanced pharmacy review' with up to 6 appointments with an experienced community pharmacist to monitor the appropriateness and effectiveness of medication. A second group received up to 6 sessions with a physiotherapist, which included general aerobic exercise and specific muscle strengthening and stretching exercises. A final 'control' group received an information and advice leaflet

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