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Letters Interventions and knee pain

When knee pain is not osteoarthritis

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 29 September 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3978
  1. Derek Baxter, clinical research fellow1
  1. 1Centre for Rheumatic Diseases, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Glasgow G4 0SF
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    Jenkinson and colleagues show that a simple dietary and exercise intervention has positive effects on knee pain.1 Over half of their unselected group, however, did not have radiological evidence of osteoarthritis. This shows that practitioners should always consider intra-articular and periarticular soft tissue problems and referred pain from other musculoskeletal regions. This large …

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