Guidelines for the treatment of osteoarthritis are changing


The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners have developed new guidelines for the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee and hip.

The statistics were showing that too many hip and knee replacements procedures were not helping patients and many were simply unnecessary. Exercise is now the treatment of choice for osteoarthritis, ahead of medications and surgery.


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Osteoarthritis of the knee leads to inflammation of the soft tissue that surrounds the joint. This is why weight loss is often one of the best remedies for knee pain. But when a painful knee makes it painful to exercise, it can be a catch-22.


Here is a summary of the new guidelines:

  1. A stronger emphasis on exercise and weight management
  2. Knee replacement surgery should only be as a last resort
  3. Advise strongly against using opioids
  4. Avoid using diagnostic imaging as much as possible – MRI, x-ray etc.




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