Is land-based, therapeutic exercise beneficial for people with osteoarthritis (OA) in terms of reduced joint pain, improved physical function and quality of life?
Only 5 of the 10 RCTs exclusively recruited people with symptomatic hip OA .There was no significant difference in pain or physical function outcomes compared with 5 studies recruiting participants with hip or knee OA. The evidence underpinning quality of life was low, overall, due to the limited number (3) of small studies evaluating this outcome.
OA is one of the most common forms of arthritis, and it affects men and women equally. Land-based exercise programmes consist of traditional muscle strengthening, functional training and aerobic fitness programmes, either individually supervised or as part of a group.