Clinical Management of OA
Because there is neither a cure nor effective disease-modifying drug therapies for osteoarthritis (OA), management of symptoms (e.g. pain, tenderness and swelling) is essential for those patients who are living with the disease. A variety of OA evidence-based management guidelines have been developed by notable international organizations: Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI), American College of Rheumatology (ACR), European League Against Rheumatology (EULAR), American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), just to name a few. The management recommendations presented in this module align with the most commonly prescribed practices across these expert bodies; where inconsistencies exist, ACR guidelines will be used as the exemplar model.DOWNLOAD PDF
OA Management Strategies
The strategies for OA management fall into two broad categories, which are typically used concurrently: pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic. This module will provide a general overview of both categories. Select Pharmacologic or Nonpharmacologic below to learn more about these management strategies.