Tai Chi May Be as Good as PT for Knee Arthritis Pain
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Sunday, June 19, 2016 12:00 AM

The first randomized head-to-head comparison of tai chi and conventional physical therapy (PT) in patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA) shows equally good pain relief with either intervention, researchers report, and researchers also show that tai chi was more effective than PT at relieving depression and improving the physical component of quality of life.

The authors note that the usual drug treatments (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or acetaminophen) for knee OA often fail to relieve symptoms and have been associated with serious adverse effects. PT is routinely included in knee OA treatment regimens and produces moderate improvements in pain and physical functioning, but has an uncertain effect on psychological well-being, as well as limited durability.

Tai chi, which combines meditation; slow, gentle movements; deep diaphragmatic breathing; and relaxation, has long been a promising candidate in knee OA. 

Source: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/863424