PAKISTAN ARMED FORCES
MEDICAL JOURNAL (Category Y)

A Journal of Army Medical & Dental Corps

Being published since 1956

ISSN (online) 2411-8842
ISSN (print) 0030-9648

VOL 64, No. 4, AUGUST 2018

ROLE OF ULTRASOUND THERAPY IN OSTEOARTHRITIS KNEE

Syed Naveed Mumtaz, Syed Hussain Shah*

Abstract

Objective: To study the role of ultrasound therapy in osteoarthritis of knee joint.
Study Design: Descriptive cross-sectional study.
Place and Duration of Study: Combined Military Hospital, Okara for a period of 6 months, from Jul 2016 to Dec 2016.
Material and Methods: Sixty consecutive patients with symptomatic osteoarthritis of knee joint were included in the study.
Results: Out of 60 patients 34 (56.67%) patients were females while 26 (43.33%) were males. The mean age in both groups was 55 years and the age range was 42-72 years. There was significant improvement of pain from a mean Visual Analogue Score of 6 to 2 (p=0.001). There was also improvement in stiffness and physical activity and very less analgesic requirement after ultrasound therapy of knee joint.
Conclusion: Ultrasound therapy of knee joint improves pain, stiffness and physical activity in patients with osteoarthritis of knee joint.

Keywords : Osteoarthritis, Visual analog scale (VAS), Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC).



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