To date there are still no ‘cures’ or modalities to reverse osteoarthritis, but numerous nonpharmacological and pharmacological interventions have been shown to improve affected patients’ pain, function and quality of life.
- There are no ‘cures’ or modalities to reverse osteoarthritis (OA), but numerous nonpharmacological and pharmacological interventions have been shown to improve pain, function and quality of life.
- Nonpharmacological strategies that should be considered in all patients include educational techniques, individualised exercise programs and regular review.
- Some patients with OA may benefit from the use of appliances or mechanical aids, acupuncture and/or occupational therapy assessment.
- Pharmacological interventions for OA involve both systemic and localised therapies; a stepped approach to therapy is often appropriate and should be individualised depending on the patient’s situation and comorbidities.
- A multifaceted approach is essential in the management of patients with OA.