This study sought to evaluate the effects of individual and combination therapies (low-level laser therapy and physical exercises) on pain, stiffness, function, and spatiotemporal gait variables in subjects with bilateral knee osteoarthritis. It concluded that a combination of exercise and laser therapy provided the best results for the other gait variables (cadence and duration of right limb support and duration of single right limb support).I
There are differences in gait patterns in patients with knee OA, including decreased gait speed, cadence, and step length.The results shown in the present study provide additional information about the physical therapy approaches that should be chosen during clinical practical to improve gait performance in individuals with knee osteoarthritis.The improvement in gait performance is a relevant issue due to the fact that is associated to physical independence and better quality of life.
de Matos Brunelli Braghin R, Libardi EC, Junqueira C, Rodrigues NC, Nogueira-Barbosa MH, Renno ACM, Carvalho de Abreu DC. The effect of low-level laser therapy and physical exercise on pain, stiffness, function, and spatiotemporal gait variables in subjects with bilateral knee osteoarthritis: a blind randomized clinical trial. Disabil Rehabil. 2019 Dec;41(26):3165-3172. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2018.1493160. Epub 2018 Oct 16. PMID: 30324827.CopyDownload .nbibFormat: