Shahnawaz Anwer has completed his MPT (Orthopedics) in the year of 2009 from Hamdard University, New Delhi, India. He is working as a Research Associate at Rehabilitation Research Chair, King Suad University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He has published more than 35 papers in reputed journals and has been serving as an editorial board member of repute for more than 15 international indexed journals.


Several studies have reported the effects of whole body vibration (WBV) training on muscle strength. This systematic review investigates the current evidence regarding the effects of WBV training on quadriceps muscle strength in individuals with knee osteoarthritis (OA). We searched PubMed, CINAHL, Embase, Scopus, PEDro, and Science citation index for research articles published prior to March 2015 using the keywords whole body vibration, vibration training, strength and vibratory exercise in combination with the Medical Subject Heading “Osteoarthritis knee”. This meta-analysis was limited to randomized controlled trials published in the English language. The quality of the selected studies was assessed by two independent evaluators using the PEDro Scale and criteria given by the International Society of Musculoskeletal and Neuronal Interactions (ISMNI) for reporting WBV intervention studies. The risk of bias was assessed using the Cochrane collaboration’s tool for domain-based evaluation. Isokinetic quadriceps muscle strength was calculated for each intervention. Eighteen studies were identified in the search. Of these, 4 studies met the inclusion criteria. Three of these 4 studies reached high methodological quality on the PEDro scale. Out of the 4 studies, only 1 study found significantly greater quadriceps muscle strength gains following WBV compared to the control group. In 3 of the 4 studies that compared a control group performing the same exercise as the WBV groups, no additional effect of WBV on quadriceps muscle strength in individuals with knee OA was indicated.