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Optimal types of exercise for lower limb osteoarthritis
  1. Matthew Stevens,
  2. Chris G Maher
  1. The George Institute for Global Heath, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Matthew Stevens, The George Institute for Global Health, Musculoskeletal Division, PO Box M201, Missenden Road, Sydney, NSW 2050, Australia; matthew.stevens.mch{at}

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This section features a recent systematic review that is indexed on PEDro, the Physiotherapy Evidence Database ( PEDro is a free, web-based database of evidence relevant to physiotherapy.

▸ Uthman OA, van der Windt DA, Jordan JL et al. Exercise for lower limb osteoarthritis: systematic review incorporating trial sequential analysis and network meta-analysis. BMJ 2013;347:f5555.


Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and one of the leading causes of pain and disability worldwide. Current international guidelines recommend therapeutic exercise in reducing pain and disability associated with osteoarthritis1; however there are many forms of exercises including strengthening, flexibility, endurance training, aquatic exercise or general physical activity. Whereas previous reviews have focused on pair wise comparisons of different exercise interventions, within individual trials this is the first review to …

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  • Contributors MS and CGM selected the systematic review. MS wrote the first draft of the manuscript. MS and CGM contributed to interpretation of the data and revision of the final manuscript.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.