People with hip osteoarthritis (OA) who are waiting to undergo hip arthroplasty may benefit from chiropractic care, say researchers.

The study followed 14 patients waiting to undergo hip arthroplasty. Half of the group received chiropractic care, while the other half received no additional treatment. The intervention lasted three weeks. On overage, those receiving chiropractic had 4.4 treatments.

Chiropractic patients showed a significantly significant improvement in hip pain. They also showed clinically important (but not statistically significant) improvement in function and hip-related quality of life. On the other hand, the control group did not show any improvements.

“Chiropractic care may provide a short-term benefit in decreasing hip pain for patients with hip osteoarthritis waiting for hip arthroplasty. The pilot findings warrant larger scale randomized controlled trials with longer-term follow-ups.

JMPT – July, 2010;33:438-444.

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