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EULAR recommendations for the non-pharmacological core management of hip and knee osteoarthritis
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    Response: Is (creno)balneotherapy a drug, a surgical procedure or a non-pharmacological treatment?
    • Thea P Vliet Vlieland, Prof
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      • L. Fernandes, J.W. Bijlsma and K.B. Hagen, on behalf of the Task Force on Eular recommendations for the non-pharmacological core management of hip and knee osteoarthritis

    Dear editor,

    We thank Forestier and Erol for their response on our paper on Eular recommendations for the non-pharmacological core management of hip and knee osteoarthritis (OA). We agree that balneotherapy is a relevant non- pharmacological intervention in hip and knee OA, and has been properly evaluated by means of randomised clinical trials, with the evidence summarized in systematic reviews. The topics to be in...

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    Is (creno)balneotherapy a drug, a surgical procedure or a non-pharmacological treatment?

    Dear Editor,

    We appreciate that EULAR is preparing a specific recommendation on non-pharmacological treatment of knee osteoarthritis but we are also very surprised to discover that crenobalneotherapy was not even mentionned in the analysed treatments. Crenobalneotherapy (also called balneotherapy or spa therapy) is a very common treatment for knee osteoarthritis in South and Eastern Europe, Middle Asia, Japan, Sou...

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