Objective: This paper aims to explore and analyze the clinical effect of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) orthopedic treatment on elderly patients with osteoarthritis. Methods: The study period is from January 2021 to June 2023. 62 elderly patients with osteoarthritis admitted to our hospital were selected and divided into the study group (n = 31) and the control group (n = 31) using the random number table scheme. The patients in the control group were treated with conventional Western medicine acemetacin, and the patients in the study group were treated with traditional Chinese medicine orthopedic. The treatment options included manual massage, traditional Chinese medicine fumigation, and oral administration of traditional Chinese medicine. The clinical effective rate, osteoarthritis function Japanese Orthopedic Association score (JOA), visual analogue pain score (VAS), and incidence of adverse reactions were compared between the two groups. Results: The clinical effective rate of patients in the study group was higher than that of the control group (P < 0.05), the JOA score of the patients in the study group was higher than that of the control group after treatment (P < 0.05), while the VAS score of the patients in the study group was lower than that of the control group after treatment (P < 0.05). Plus, the incidence of adverse reactions in the study group was lower than that in the control group (P < 0.05). Conclusions: TCM orthopedic treatment for elderly patients with osteoarthritis has a significant effect, it can improve joint function, relieve pain, with a low incidence of adverse reactions, which can be widely applied in clinical practice.
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