April 2, 2014

#21-April 2, 2014 – Hip or Knee Osteoarthritis (OA): Manual Therapy and Exercise Produces SIGNIFICANT COST SAVINGS In addition to SUPERIOR OUTCOMES Over Usual Care

Chris R. Showalter PT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT

Hip or Knee Osteoarthritis (OA): Manual Therapy and Exercise Produces SIGNIFICANT COST SAVINGS In addition to SUPERIOR OUTCOMES Over Usual Care

In this month’s Research Commentary we discuss an economic analysis study (Pinto 2013) performed alongside an original Randomized Clinical Trial (RCT) (Abbott 2013), which evaluated different physical therapy treatment interventions (manual therapy, exercise therapy and combined) versus usual medical care for Hip or Knee Osteoarthritis (O/A).

Pinto 2013 investigated the economic costs associated with the interventions within the New Zealand healthcare system, while the Abbott 2013 study focuses on the treatment outcomes.  Pinto 2013 goes one step further to analyze the cost savings of each treatment as well.

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