AposTherapy reduces pain and improves joint function in knee osteoarthritis patients
Bar-Ziv Y et al., BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 2010
This study proved that already after two months of treatment with AposTherapy, patients suffering from knee osteoarthritis (OA) experienced a significant 64.8% reduction in pain intensity and an improvement of 62.7% in the level of joint functioning, according to a well-established pain level and joint function questionnaire (WOMAC). In addition, no side effects were reported by any of the patients.
57 patients with bilateral knee osteoarthritis participated in the study and were split into two groups, an active and control group. Each group was evaluated for pain levels and their range of knee joint function at the beginning of the study – their baseline, again at 4 weeks – midway through the study and after 8 weeks – at the end of the study. Patients in the study were told not to consume any medications aside from the rescue pills given to them at the start of the study. This was done in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the device as a stand-alone treatment without the use of any other interventions or medications.
The unique biomechanical system from AposTherapy was personally adjusted for each patient from the active group, based on their specific pain, function and quality of life assessments. Patients from the control group received a foot-worn platform without any biomechanical elements. Both groups started the study at a similar baseline. In the active group the patients reported diminished pain, or no pain, while using the system immediately after their personal adjustment. By week eight there was a clear disparity between the active and the control group across the board. Whilst the control group demonstrated no improvement regarding their function or pain relief, the active group who had received AposTherapy showed significant pain relief and improved joint function.
The study concluded that AposTherapy is effective in significantly reducing pain and improving function in patients with knee osteoarthritis.
Bar-ziv Y, Beer Y, RanY, Benedict S, Halperin N. A treatment applying a biomechanical device to the feet of patients with knee OA results in reduced pain and improved function. A prospective controlled study.