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Does aquatic exercise relieve pain in adults with neurologic or musculoskeletal disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials

Review published: 2008.

Bibliographic details: Hall J, Swinkels A, Briddon J, McCabe C S.  Does aquatic exercise relieve pain in adults with neurologic or musculoskeletal disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2008; 89(5): 873-883. [PubMed: 18452734]

Quality assessment

This review assessed the effectiveness of aquatic exercise in relieving pain, mostly in patients with musculoskeletal disease. The authors concluded that there was a small improvement in pain with aquatic exercise compared to no treatment, but no difference between aquatic exercise and land exercise. There was insufficient evidence to confidently conclude that aquatic exercise was better than no treatment. Overall, the authors' conclusions were likely to be reliable. Full critical summary

CRD has determined that this article meets the DARE scientific quality criteria for a systematic review.

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