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Archive for July 17th, 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.

Exercise Helps treat OA

Exercise Helps treat OA

Recommendation V

Regular aerobic, muscle strengthening, and range-of-motion exercises help patients with hip and knee osteoarthritis.

In 21 out of 21 published guidelines on osteoarthritis treatment options it is recommended that patients with knee osteoarthritis should participate in a regular exercise program.  Aerobic walking and home-based quadriceps muscle strengthening are core recommendations.  Patients with hip OA should be encouraged to exercise in the water.

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.