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Archive for July 14th, 2010

This is a continuation of our series on the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) recommendations for the management of hip and knee osteoarthritis published in the Journal of Osteoarthritis and Cartilage.

OARSI - OA Education

OARSI - OA Education

Recommendation II

All patients with hip and knee osteoarthritis should be educated about their condition.

The focus of education for patients with knee osteoarthritis should be self-help and patient-driven treatments rather than relying on medical professionals.  The importance of lifestyle choices such as weight loss, diet, and exercise need to be stressed.  Also an emphasis on reducing the amount of drugs a patient takes is important.

This recommendation is based on expert opinion, common sense, and economic consideration.  The research team gave this osteoarthritis treatment option a Strength of Recommendation score of 97%.

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.