Individuals with knee osteoarthritis can benefit more from intensive physical therapy paired with subsequent booster sessions than from a shorter period of concentrated physical therapy, according to a recent study.
By Whitney L.J. Howell, Rheumatology Network November 8, 2015.
While this strategy is a deviation from current practices, it has been shown to improve outcomes, as well as lower costs. Longer periods of face-to-face work with a physical therapist could also encourage patients to exercise more, helping them maintain health benefits.
In a presentation given on Nov. 8 at the 2015 ACR/ARHP annual meeting in San Francisco, Calif., University of Pittsburg physical therapy assistant professor Allyn Bove, discussed the comparative differences between treating knee osteoarthritis patients with short, concentrated periods of physical therapy or with extended physical therapy services augmented by booster session.
“A lot of physical therapists would like to have regular follow-ups with patients to adjust home exercise programs and talk about best strategies to manage knee osteoarthritis,” she said. “It would be much like having a conversation about chronic disease with a primary physician or scheduling regular dental appointments.”
What Is the Most Cost-Effective Physical Therapy Strategy to Treat Knee Osteoarthritis? Allyn Bove, Ken Smith, Christopher Bise, Julie Fritz, John Childs, Gerard P. Brennan, J. Haxby Abbott and G. Kelley Fitzgerald. 2015 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting, San Francisco CA. November 8, 2015. First published September 29, 2015.