Title

Effectiveness of myofascial mobilization with myofascial manipulation in relieving pain and improving physical function among patients with knee osteoarthritis in selected clinics in Cavite and Alabang - a quasi-experimental study

Date of Completion

2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy

Keywords

Myofascial Pain Syndromes, Osteoarthritis, Knee

Abstract

This is a quasi-experimental study that involved 16 subjects divided into two (2) groups. Each group underwent either the myofascial mobilization with myofascial manipulation or a placebo intervention. Pertinent demographic data as well as the indexes of pain and physical function were recorded by the researchers before and after a 2-week treatment period consisting of six (6) treatment sessions. Treatment management was the same for both groups in terms of other modalities and exercises. At the end of the treatment sessions, both the true and the placebo intervention had a statistically significant result in pain relief and improvement of physical function. When the two treatments were statistically analyzed using independent t-test at 0.05 level of significance, results showed that the difference between myofascial mobilization with myofascial manipulation and the placebo intervention was significant based on the results of pain reduction and improvement of physical function. Therefore, the researchers conclude that myofascial mobilization with myofascial manipulation is more effective than the placebo intervention in terms of relieving pain and improving physical function among patients with knee osteoarthritis.

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