EFFECTIVENESS OF MECHANICAL HYDROTHERAPY AS A COMPLEMENTARY THERAPY IN THE MANAGEMENT OF PATIENTS WITH ARTHRITIS PAIN.
ABSTRACT: Musculoskeletal disorders is a very big skeletal disorder to healthy ageing and the second most common cause of disability, patients are lived with disability it a very big challenging situation for them in ageing. In arthritis, a patient has joint pain, muscles stiffness, it decreases muscles strength and grip & due to pain patients feel anxiety, stress, no quality sleep. To reduce joint pain, muscles stiffness and to decrease muscles strength and grip for short term period, there is need of mechanical hydrotherapy as a better alternative than medication alone.
OBJECTIVE -This study is planned with the objectives 1. To assess the level of pain before mechanical hydrotherapy for patients with arthritis pain. 2. To determine the effectiveness of mechanical hydrotherapy for patients with arthritis pain.
METHODOLOGY- It is parallel group of Experimental study and interventional evaluator approach based study at selected area of Wardha city. The patients of arthritis of age group 40 to 60 years & above as per inclusion/exclusion criteria selected and randomly divided into two group. One group is control group which will receive standard care treatment and interventional group will be on standard treatment with mechanical hydrotherapy i.e. (Warm soak towel massage).The interventional group will receive mechanical hydrotherapy for 7 days and control group only on standard treatment for 7 days. Patients will be closely followed up throughout the trial period.
EXPECTED RESULTS: The Primary outcome includes evaluation of effect of mechanical hydrotherapy to reduce joint pain. Secondary outcome is to increase muscles strength, grip, and quality sleep, free from anxiety, stress and tension1,2.
Ethics approval was obtained from IEC, DMIMS (DMIMS (DU)/IEC/Dec-2019/8643).