A pilot feasibility study for immediate relief of referred knee pain by hip traction in hip osteoarthritis
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It is generally accepted that osteoarthritis of the hip is a common cause of pain and disability. In clinical practice, a variety of conservative and surgical methods are available for patients with hip osteoarthritis. Nonsurgical interventions are recommended as the first-line treatment for hip osteoarthritis . As one of the conservative therapies used in nonsurgical interventions, physical therapy, including hip traction and stretching, has been shown to reduce pain and improve hip function in patients with hip osteoarthritis . Pain originating from the hip joint is distributed not only in the groin area but also in the buttocks, anterior thighs, and knees [3, 4]. Knee pain arising from the hip joint is one of the characteristics of referred pain in hip osteoarthritis. However, the effects of physical therapy on referred pain have not been well documented. We developed an original hip traction technique using a lumbar traction machine. Of note, patients treated...
KeywordsKnee Pain Traction Force Groin Pain Intraarticular Injection Lidocaine Hydrochloride
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The authors report and confirm that there are no conflicts of interest. We alone are responsible for the contents and writing up of our study.