Physio no better than placebo for OA

Physiotherapy recommended for patients with hip osteoarthritis offers no benefit over placebo, Australian research finds.

Sham therapy, which involved an ultrasound with the machine turned off and a rub with an anti-inflammatory hand cream, was just as effective as physical therapy at reducing pain and improving function, researchers at the University of Melbourne found.

In fact physiotherapy was associated with relatively frequent mild adverse effects such as increased hip pain, back pain and stiffness, they reported in the