Is balneotherapy effective for osteoarthritis (OA)?
These “positive” findings should be viewed with caution as the scientific evidence is weak due to poor methodological quality and the absence of an adequate statistical analysis and data presentation. Only 7 trials were involved, and the numbers of patients in the intervention groups varied from 10 to 97.
OA is one of the main causes of long term disability.There is no cure for OA at present, so treatment often focuses on the management of symptoms such as pain, stiffness and immobility.Treatment options include drugs, physiotherapy and balneotherapy. Balneotherapy is an ancient and popular therapy. It involves spending time in an indoor pool filled with mineral water at a temperature of between 31°C and 34°C.