Bmj Usa: Commentary

An orthopedist responds

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 19 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:E251
  1. Stephen J Franzino, orthopedic surgeon (
  1. St Helena Institute for Sports Medicine, St Helena, CA.

    From BMJ USA 2003;September:497

    There is no best treatment modality for osteoarthritis of the knee.1 The article by Hinman et al is an attempt to take a complex medical problem and provide a treatment option that is simple, affordable, and available to all. The authors should be commended on their approach to this task and on their study design.

    Hinman et al are correct in stating that there has been no previous scientific evidence supporting therapeutic taping for knee osteoarthritis. Their trial found a significant reduction in pain and disability in patients …

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