Osteoarthritis management options in general practice

Mckenzie, Suzanne, and Torkington, Amanda (2010) Osteoarthritis management options in general practice. Australian Family Physician, 39 (9). pp. 622-625.

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Background: 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.

Objective: 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.

Discussion: 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.

Item ID: 11927
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0300-8495
Keywords: osteoarthritis; chronic disease; therapy; musculoskeletal diseases; pain; chronic
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2010 05:59
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920116 Skeletal System and Disorders (incl. Arthritis) @ 100%
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