Therapy With Mud Compresses for Knee Osteoarthritis: Comparison of Natural Mud Preparations With Mineral-Depleted Mud

  title={Therapy With Mud Compresses for Knee Osteoarthritis: Comparison of Natural Mud Preparations With Mineral-Depleted Mud},
  author={Daniel Flusser and Mahmoud Abu-Shakra and Michael Friger and Shlomi Codish and Shaul Sukenik},
  journal={JCR: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology},
Mud pack therapy is an alternative mode of treatment for rheumatic diseases. It is based on the application of heated mud packs to the entire body or to specific areas, such as over joints. The aim of the current study was to evaluate the efficacy of treatment with mud compresses at patients’ homes for osteoarthritis of the knee.Fifty-eight patients with osteoarthritis of the knee were enrolled in a prospective, double-blinded, controlled study. Forty patients were treated with natural mineral… 

Mud compress therapy for the hands of patients with rheumatoid arthritis

Treatment with mud compresses relieves pain affecting the hands and reduces the number of swollen and tender joints in the hands of patients suffering from RA, and can augment conventional medical therapy in these patients.

Comparison of intra-articular hyaluronic acid injections and mud-pack therapy in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis.

Treatment of knee osteoarthritis with intra-articular hyaluronic acid injections or mud-pack therapy yielded similar results in the short-term in terms of functional improvement and pain relief.

Effect of mud compress therapy on cartilage destruction detected by CTX-II in patients with knee osteoarthritis.

MC may probably decrease the ongoing cartilage destruction and related subchonral bone interactions earlier compared to HP treatment in patients with knee OA as evidenced by decreased uCTX-II levels after-treatment.

Dead Sea mud packs for chronic low back pain.

Home application of Dead Sea mud compresses to the back of patients with chronic LBP suggests that pain severity was reduced in patients treated with mineral-rich mud compressing compared with those treated with Mineral-depleted compresses.

Modulation of Neurogenic Inflammation in Osteoarthrosis Patients Undergoing a Combined Treatment of Mud Packs, Thermal Baths, and Acetaminophen: A Preliminary Study

The data suggest that hot mud packs/thermal baths do not have a negative effect on OA patients and it is possible that a combined therapy such as that used in Group A could be tried with the main antiinflammatory drugs used in OA in an effort to decrease dosages and increase the patients’ safety.

Does mud pack treatment have any chemical effect? A randomized controlled clinical study.

Mud pack treatment significantly improved the pain and functional status of patients with knee osteoarthritis, whether applied directly or coated with nylon, which implies chemical properties of the mud contribute to the build up of therapeutic effect.

Efficacy of Spa Therapy, Mud-Pack Therapy, Balneotherapy, and Mud-Bath Therapy in the Management of Knee Osteoarthritis. A Systematic Review

The mud-pack therapy, balneotherapy, mud-bath therapy, and spa therapy have proved to be effective in the treatment and in the secondary prevention of knee osteoarthritis, by reducing pain, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug consumption, and functional limitation and improving quality of life of affected patients.

A study on the efficacy of treatment with mud packs and baths with Sillene mineral water (Chianciano Spa Italy) in patients suffering from knee osteoarthritis

The mud-bath therapy performed at Chianciano Spa with Sillene Spring water remarkably improved the clinical conditions of patients with knee arthritis and significantly reduces the frequency and severity of symptoms and the disability they cause.

The effect of mud pack therapy on serum YKL-40 and hsCRP levels in patients with knee osteoarthritis

Maintenance of YKL-40 level in mud pack therapy seems to slow down the progression of knee OA, while hot pack therapy was shown to be effective in functional status over time.

Effects of mud pack therapy on patients with knee osteoarthritis. A randomized controlled clinical trial

Mud-pack therapy can be considered as an alternative therapy in the improvement of pain and functionality in patients with knee osteoarthritis, reducing the consumption of drugs.



Sulphur bath and mud pack treatment for rheumatoid arthritis at the Dead Sea area.

Patients with classical or definite rheumatoid arthritis in a stage of active disease were treated for two weeks at a spa hotel and statistically significant improvement for up to three months was observed in the three treatment groups in most of the clinical indices.

Effect of spa therapy in Tiberias on patients with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

Forty-one patients with rheumatoid arthritis were treated for 2 weeks at a Tiberias spa hotel. Randomized into 2 groups, Group 1 received a combination of mineral baths and mud packs, and Group 2 had

Spa therapy for gonarthrosis: a prospective study

A significant improvement in the index of severity of the knee (ISK), as well as night pain scores, was achieved in group I, and the combination of mineral water baths and mud packs appeared to be superior for two parameters.

Balneotherapy at the Dead Sea area for knee osteoarthritis.

Balneotherapy at the Dead Sea area has a beneficial effect on patients with osteoarthritis of the knees, an effect that lastas at least 3 months, and up to 3 months of follow-up in patients in all three treatment groups.

Balneotherapy at the Dead Sea area for patients with psoriatic arthritis and concomitant fibromyalgia.

Balneotherapy at the Dead Sea area appears to produce a statistically significant substantial improvement in the number of active joints and tender points in both male and female patients with fibromyalgia and psoriatic arthritis.

[Fangotherapy and diacerein in the treatment of osteoarthrosis of the hip and knee].

Patients suffering from osteoarthritis of the hip and e knee showed a significant improvement after thermal mud and DAR; tolerance of both treatments was excellent in all patients.

[The therapeutic action of the low-water bulk of therapeutic sea mud].

It was found that reducing the water content of Haapsalu sea mud did not essentially influence the therapeutic effect, in consequence of which the low water curative sea mud mass may be successfully used in the treatment and rehabilitation of various patients.

Cytokine levels in osteoarthrosis patients undergoing mud bath therapy.

The data suggest that mud bath therapy influences cytokines related to osteoarthrosis pathomechanism and maintenance, and encourage further investigations to evaluate possible synergism between pharmacological treatment and mud bath Therapy.

Mud pack therapy in osteoarthrosis. Changes in serum levels of chondrocyte markers.

Serum levels of a prostaglandin and a leukotriene after thermal mud pack therapy.

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Mud pack therapy exerts a protective effect on the cartilage and is able to induce pain relief by reducing the inflammatory reaction.