Online treatment reduces chronic knee pain from arthritis

A Web-based program of exercise and coping skills training improves both function and pain in arthritic knees, a new study suggests.

This kind of online therapy can greatly improve access to effective, nonsurgical and non-drug relief for people with osteoarthritis of the knee, researchers say.

“Osteoarthritis is a leading cause of chronic knee pain and disability globally,” lead author Kim Bennell, a researcher and physiotherapist at the University of Melbourne in Australia, said.

“It has a significant individual, societal and economic burden and on an individual level knee osteoarthritis causes loss of function, reduced quality of life, and psychological distress,” Bennell said by email.

Exercise is known as the gold standard of conservative management for knee osteoarthritis, she added. Psychological treatments, in particular, pain coping skills training that teaches people…

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