Rheumatology International

, Volume 21, Issue 6, pp 218–221 | Cite as

The therapeutic effects of Cserkeszölö thermal water in osteoarthritis of the knee: a double blind, controlled, follow-up study

  • Imre Kovács
  • Tamás Bender
Original Article


The effects of thermal water from Cserkeszölö in Hungary were appraised in a randomised, double blind study conducted on 58 patients with osteoarthritis of the knee. Balneotherapy was delivered as a 15-day course of 30-min daily sessions performed with thermal water (active treatment) or tap water of similar colour and odour (placebo treatment). The musculoskeletal status of participants was evaluated at baseline, at the end of the balneotherapy course, and 3 months later. Study endpoints (initial pain, range of motion, tenderness on palpation, stair climbing, physicians' opinion and subjective rating by patients, and ambulation) were assessed using visual analogue scales and symptom scores. Both groups improved; however, the magnitude of improvement was significantly greater in patients treated with thermal water from Cserkeszölö.

Cserkeszölö Thermal water Osteoarthritis of the knee Balneotherapy Double blind study 


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© Springer-Verlag 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Imre Kovács
    • 1
  • Tamás Bender
    • 2
  1. 1.Rheumatology Outpatient Clinic of the Cserkeszölö Municipal Health Authority, HungaryHungary
  2. 2.Polyclinic of The Hospitaller Brothers of St. John of God in Budapest, 1025 Budapest, Árpád fejedelem u. 7., HungaryHungary

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