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Comparison of the Efficacy of Whirlpool and Paraffin Treatments in Women with Symptomatic Hand Osteoarthritis

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Author(s): Demet Uçar | Nurdan Paker | Derya Soy BUĞDAYCI | Ebru Yılmaz YALÇINKAYA

Journal: Türkiye Fiziksel Tip ve Rehabilitasyon Dergisi
ISSN 1302-0234

Volume: 57;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 124;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Hand osteoarthritis | whirlpool | paraffin

ABSTRACT
Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate the benefits of whirlpool and paraffin treatments and to compare the efficacy of both methods in symptomatic hand osteoarthritis (OA).Material and Methods: Fifty-eight women with symptomatic hand OA were randomized into whirlpool and paraffin treatment groups. Treatment period was 15 sessions. Pain was measured by the Visual Analog Scale (VAS), functional status was evaluated by the Australian/Canadian (AUSCAN) Osteoarthritis Hand Index, and SF-36 was used for quality of life assessment at baseline and at 3 and 12 weeks.Results: Significant improvement was obtained in terms of VAS, AUSCAN and SF-36 scores at 3- and 12-week follow-up visits in both groups (p
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