Practice guidelines in the management of osteoarthritis

R. D. Altman, C. J. Lozada

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Abstract

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common articular rheumatic disease. Practice guidelines have been developed to assist the practitioner in the care of patients with hip and knee OA. The guidelines divide the treatment strategy into nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic modalities. The nonpharmacologic or nonmedicinal approaches include patient education, psychosocial interventions, physical and surgical measures. Each of these are as important as the pharmacologic or medicinal measures. Medicinal measures can be subdivided into symptomatic therapy and disease modifying therapy. Even though all present therapies are aimed at symptoms, experimental therapies are being developed to alter the disease process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)22-24
Number of pages3
JournalOsteoarthritis and Cartilage
Volume6
Issue numberSUPPL. A
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998

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Keywords

  • Guidelines
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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