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Randomised controlled trial
Sham treatment shows similar effects on pain and function compared to a multimodal physiotherapeutic intervention programme in patients with painful hip osteoarthritis
  1. Inga Krauss
  1. Department of Sports Medicine, Medical Clinic, University of Tuebingen, Tuebingen, Germany
  1. Correspondence to : Department of Sports Medicine, Medical Clinic, University of Tuebingen, Hoppe-Seyler-Str. 6, 72076 Tuebingen, Germany; inga.krauss{at}

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Despite an increasing body of evidence for the efficacy of exercise and manual therapy in the treatment of hip osteoarthritis, there are relatively few evaluations of multimodal physical therapy regimes.1 ,2 The same is true for the comparison of physical therapy with sham treatment, as most interventions are compared to general practitioner care or untreated control. The primary aim of this study therefore, was to test the hypothesis that a 12-week multimodal physical therapy programme has a superior treatment effect in comparison with sham treatment in patients with hip osteoarthritis.


A randomised controlled trial (RCT) was conducted to …

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