Australian Family Physician
Australian Family Physician


Volume 39, Issue 9, September 2010

Osteoarthritis Management options in general practice

Suzanne McKenzie Amanda Torkington
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Osteoarthritis, characterised by joint pain and stiffness, is a common and significant chronic disease, reducing mobility and causing considerable impact on quality of life. Multiple evidence based management options are available.
The aim of this article is to summarise the main management options suggested in The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Guideline for the nonsurgical management of hip and knee osteoarthritis and to also highlight those that are not recommended.
Following diagnosis based primarily on history and examination, management focuses on optimising quality of life by providing self management advice combined with appropriate pharmacological and nonpharmacological strategies, aiming to reduce acute exacerbations, prevent complications and delay progression.

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