2003, Number 4
Acta Ortop Mex 2003; 17 (4)
Functional assessment in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee treated with glucosamine and a rehabilitation program
Pech MG, Coronado ZR, Diez GMP, León HSR, Chávez ADD
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ABSTRACTThe osteoarthritis is the most frequently observed rheumatic disease in the clinical practice. The objective of this study is to value the effectiveness of a program of exercises and the glucosamine with a functional assessment by means of the WOMAC scale. We formed 2 randomized balanced groups, group A with glucosamine and the group B with a placebo, both groups were submitted to a rehabilitation program. Assessing the WOMAC functional scale at the beginning, 2 months and at the end of the study. The average age of group A was of 51.7 years and of group B 53.0 years (p = 0.02), initial variables in both groups were the same (pain, rigidity and difficulty) (p = 0.98), we formed three age subgroups. We observed beneficial effects (assessed by WOMAC) in both groups, there was functional improvement. In the age subgroups we observed that at a greater age, better answer to the treatment with glucosamine with diminishing points at the WOMAC scale.