Ottawa panel guidelines for knee OA, part 1 of 3: mind-body exercise programs

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  • The Ottawa Panel selected and analyzed controlled trials of mind-body exercises for knee osteoarthritis (KOA).

Why this matters
  • Previous guidelines found insufficient supporting evidence for mind-body exercises for KOA, though some authors have recommended them.
Key details
  • Assessing 208 studies for eligibility and narrowing those to 46, the panel found 4 high-quality studies (total n=232) documenting modest to good clinical improvements in KOA with mind-body approaches.
  • An 8-wk Hatha Yoga program for older women earned grade B (clinically important benefit) for pain relief, leading the panel to recommend it, and grade C+ (clinically important benefit demonstrated without statistical significance) for physical fu...