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Tai chi may be as good as physical therapy for arthritis-related knee pain

By: Robert H. Shmerling, M.D., Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publications Osteoarthritis — the age-related, “wear-and-tear” form of joint disease — is the most common type of arthritis. And the knee is the most commonly affected joint. In fact, almost half of the population will have knee pain due to osteoarthritis by age 85. There is no cure; the only permanent treatment is a total knee replacement. More than 700,000 of these operations are performed…

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