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This blog post if one in a series of posts about the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons’ (AAOS) Full Guideline for the Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis.

Recommendation 13 – The AAOS suggests that patients with osteoarthritis of the knee receive either acetaminophen or Non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), unless there are contraindications to these drugs.

The research team looked at evidence suggesting that acetaminophen provides pain relief without a significant risk of toxicity to the patient.  The evidence further demonstrated that NSAIDs provide more pain relief than acetaminophen but with a greater risk of gastrointestinal complications.