Abstract Title:

The effect of mud therapy on pain relief in patients with knee osteoarthritis: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.

Abstract Source:

J Int Med Res. 2013 Oct ;41(5):1418-25. Epub 2013 Sep 5. PMID: 24008567

Abstract Author(s):

Hua Liu, Chao Zeng, Shu-guang Gao, Tuo Yang, Wei Luo, Yu-sheng Li, Yi-lin Xiong, Jin-peng Sun, Guang-hua Lei

Article Affiliation:

Hua Liu


OBJECTIVES: A meta-analysis was conducted to examine the effect of mud therapy on pain relief in patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA).

METHODS: A detailed search of PubMed®/MEDLINE® was undertaken to identify randomized controlled trials and prospective comparative studies published before 9 March 2013 that compared mud therapy with control group treatments in patients with knee OA.

RESULTS: A quantitative meta-analysis of seven studies (410 patients) was performed. There was a significant difference between the groups in the visual analogue scale pain score (standardized mean difference [SMD] -0.73) and Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index pain score (SMD -0.30), with differences in favour of mud therapy.

CONCLUSIONS: Mud therapy is a favourable option for pain relief in patients with knee OA. Additional high-quality randomized controlled trials need to be conducted to explore this issue further and to confirm this conclusion.

Study Type : Meta Analysis
Additional Links
Therapeutic Actions : Mud therapy : CK(274) : AC(34)
Pharmacological Actions : Analgesics : CK(3498) : AC(646)

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