The Dead Sea--a unique resort for patients suffering from joint diseases

Shaul Sukenik, Daniel Flusser, Shlomi Codish, Mahmoud Abu-Shakra

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    The Dead Sea area is an excellent and unique resort for patients suffering from a wide range of inflammatory and non-inflammatory joint diseases. Factors contributing to the beneficial effect are the high concentration of salts and minerals in the Dead Sea water and in the water from springs in the area, medical mud, and the unique climatic conditions including high barometric pressure, relative low humidity and high temperatures. This review describes the various balneotherapy modalities and the existing body of research describing their utility. Balneotherapy significantly improves most patients' conditions and in some cases leads to complete remission of several months duration. Although of importance, balneotherapy is not curative. An important advantage of balneotherapy is the lack of serious adverse effects, and, in contrast to some physicians' beliefs, the scarcity of contraindications for therapy at the Dead Sea area.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)175-179, 193
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - 1 Jan 2010

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Medicine


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