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Osteoarthritis Research Society International

Osteoarthritis Research Society International

Recommendation I

Knee Osteoarthritis is best managed with a combination of non-pharmacological and pharmacological treatments.

There was 100% agreement among the physicians comprising the research team that a combination of pharmacological and non-pharmacological osteoarthritis treatments options provided optimal management for knee and hip osteoarthritis.

For example: weight loss, exercise, and NSAIDs.

This recommendation is based mostly on expert opinion and lacks evidence from randomized controlled trials.  The research team gave this treatment option a Strength of Recommendation score of 96%.

W. Zhang Ph.D., Moskowitz M.D., et al. OARSI recommendations for the management of hip and knee osteoarthritis, Part II: OARSI evidence-based, expert consensus guidelines. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. (2008) 16, 137-162.