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  • 1
    ISSN: 1437-160X
    Keywords: Spa therapy ; Gonarthrosis
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Abstract The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of spa therapy on clinical parameters of patients with gonarthrosis. Patients with gonarthrosis (n=33) underwent a 2-week spa therapy using three treatment regimes and a 20-week follow-up as follows: group I (n=11) had mineral water baths and hot native mineral mud packs, group II (n=12) had mineral water baths and rinsed mineral-free mud packs and group III (n=10) had tap water baths and mineral-free mud packs. The patients and the assessing rheumatologist were blinded to the difference in the treatment protocols. A significant improvement in the index of severity of the knee (ISK), as well as night pain scores, was achieved in group I. Improvement in physical findings and a reduction in pain ratings on a visual analogue scale (VAS) did not reach statistical significance. Analgesic consumption was significantly decreased in both groups I and III for up to 12 weeks. Global improvement assessed by patients and physician was observed in all three groups up to 16 weeks but persisted to the end of the follow-up period in group I only. Patients with gonarthrosis seemed to benefit from spa therapy under all three regimes. However, for two parameters (night pain and ISK) the combination of mineral water baths and mud packs (group I) appeared to be superior.
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  • 2
    ISSN: 1437-160X
    Keywords: Key words Psoriatic arthritis ; Dead Sea ; Spa
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Abstract The purpose of this study was to evaluate the immediate and delayed effects of balneotherapy at the Dead Sea on patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA). A total of 42 patients with PsA were treated at the Dead Sea for 4 weeks. Patients were randomly allocated into two groups: group 1 (23 patients) and group 2 (19 patients). Both groups received daily exposure to sun ultraviolet rays and regular bathing at the Dead Sea. Group 1 was also treated with mud packs and sulfur baths. Patients were assessed by a dermatologist and a rheumatologist 3 days before arrival, at the end of treatment, and at weeks 8, 16, and 28 from the start of treatment. The clinical indices assessed were morning stiffness, right and left hand grip, number of tender joints, number of swollen joints, Schober test, distance from finger to floor when bending forward, patient's self-assessment of disease severity, inflammatory neck and back pain and psoriasis area and severity index (PASI) score. Comparison between groups disclosed a similar statistically significant improvement for variables such as PASI, morning stiffness, patient self-assessment, right and left grip, Schober test and distance from finger to floor when bending forward. For variables such as tender and swollen joints, and inflammatory neck and back pain, improvement over time was statistically significant in group 1. Addition of mud packs and sulfur baths to sun ultraviolet exposure and Dead Sea baths seems to prolong beneficial effects and improves inflammatory back pain.
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