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Effectiveness of Cane in Osteoarthritis (OA) Patients

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00698412
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : June 17, 2008
Last Update Posted : June 17, 2008
Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo
Information provided by:
Federal University of São Paulo

Brief Summary:
Sixty four participants were enrolled in a randomized, controlled clinical trial to evaluate the effectiveness of daily cane use on pain, function, quality of life and energy consumption during the gait in patients with knee osteoarthritis.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Knee Osteoarthritis Device: Cane Phase 4

Detailed Description:
Treatment, Randomized, Single Blind, Parallel Assignment, Efficacy Study

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 64 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: The Impact of Daily Cane Use on Pain, Function, Quality of Life and Energy Consumption During the Gait in Patients With Knee Osteoarthritis
Study Start Date : January 2005
Actual Primary Completion Date : July 2007
Actual Study Completion Date : July 2007

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MedlinePlus related topics: Osteoarthritis

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: 1
Cane group
Device: Cane
This group use the cane every day since the baseline

No Intervention: 2
Control Group

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Pain - visual analogue scale [ Time Frame: T0, T30 and T60 ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Function - Lequesne index [ Time Frame: T0, T30 and T60 ]
  2. Function - WOMAC questionnaire [ Time Frame: T0,T30 and T60 ]
  3. Quality of life - SF-36 [ Time Frame: T0, T30 and T60 ]
  4. Energy consumption (VO2)- gas analysis with and without cane during the 6MWT [ Time Frame: T0, T30 and T60 ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   40 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Primary Knee osteoarthritis (ACR criteria)
  • VAS for knee pain between 3 and 7
  • No changes the NSAID intake or physical activity in the previous 3 months

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Symptomatic heart or pulmonary disease
  • Severe systemic disease
  • Other symptomatic disease in the lower limb or in the upper limb that will carry the cane
  • Joint injection in the previous 3 months
  • PT in the previous 3 months
  • Previously cane use
  • Start regular physical activity in the last month

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00698412

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Federal University of Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil
Sponsors and Collaborators
Federal University of São Paulo
Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo
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Principal Investigator: Anamaria Jones, PT Federal University of São Paulo
Study Chair: Jamil Natour, MD Federal University of São Paulo
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: Anamaria Jones, UNIFESP - Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo Identifier: NCT00698412    
Other Study ID Numbers: UNIFESP-102/2004
First Posted: June 17, 2008    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: June 17, 2008
Last Verified: May 2008
Keywords provided by Federal University of São Paulo:
Knee osteoarthritis
Daily cane use
Quality of life
Energy consumption during the gait
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Osteoarthritis, Knee
Joint Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Rheumatic Diseases