Effectiveness of an elastic knee sleeve for patients with knee osteoarthritis: a randomized single-blinded controlled trial

Pajareya, K.; Chadchavalpanichaya, N.; Timdang, S.

Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand 86(6): 535-542

2003


ISSN/ISBN: 0125-2208
PMID: 12924802
Document Number: 2247
Objectives: To study the effectiveness of elastic sleeves in patients with knee osteoarthritis (knee OA). Method: Patients with knee OA attending the outpatient clinic of Siriraj Hospital, who met the eligibility criteria, were randomly allocated to receive an 8-week treatment protocol. The control group received acetaminophen, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and education. The study group received the same treatment, in combination with a daytime elastic knee sleeve. Primary outcome variable included change in aggregated functional performance time (AFPT). Results: In the immediate period after treatment, the study group had a mean improvement in AFPT of 1.63 seconds more than the control group (95% CI: 0.21-3.05, p=0.025). At the end of the 8th week, the changes of AFPT were not statistically different between the two groups. Conclusion: This study shows small short-term beneficial effects of an elastic sleeve in patients with knee OA in cases with acute exacerbation.

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Effectiveness of an elastic knee sleeve for patients with knee osteoarthritis: a randomized single-blinded controlled trial