Research brief: Pharmacy and physiotherapy best for knee pain

Pharmacy review or physiotherapy are both successful approaches for reducing knee pain in older adults, according to a UK study. It included 325 adults aged 55 years or over with knee pain from 15 practices in North Staffordshire. They were assigned to enhanced pharmacy review, community physiotherapy or a control group. Both interventions resulted in improved pain scores with a reduced reliance on NSAID treatment compared to controls. Patients given physiotherapy had the most functional improvement (BMJ online).

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