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‘Is (creno)balneotherapy a drug, a surgical procedure or a non-pharmacological treatment?’ eLetter on EULAR recommendations for the non-pharmacological core management of hip and knee osteoarthritis
  1. Romain J Forestier1,
  2. F Begüm Erol2
  1. 1Centre de Recherche Rhumatologique et Thermal, Aix-Les-Bains, France
  2. 2Istanbul Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Training & Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
  1. Correspondence to Dr Romain Jacques Forestier, Centre de Recherche Rhumatologique et Thermal, 15, avenue Charles de Gaulle, Aix-Les-Bains 73100, France; romain.forestier{at}

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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 mentioned in the analysed treatments.

Crenobalneotherapy (also called balneotherapy or spa therapy) is a very common treatment for knee osteoarthritis …

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