A recent study published in the journal Clinical Therapeutics found that patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA) who received either massage therapy or chiropractic care had better knee function compared to patients not seeing those practitioners.

The study included an analysis of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use in 1,121 adults with knee osteoarthritis, and these findings compliment earlier research that demonstrated chiropractic adjustments improved mobility and decreased grinding in patients with knee OA.


Pollard H, Ward G, Hoskins W, and Hardy K. The effect of a manual therapy knee protocol on osteoarthritic knee pain: a randomised controlled trial. The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association 2008; 52(4):229-42.

Yang S, et al. Longitudinal use of complementary and alternative medicine among older adults with radiographic knee osteoarthritis. Clinical Therapuetics. 2013;35(11):1690-702. doi: 10.1016/j.clinthera.2013.09.022