Non-Pharmacological Therapies for the Management of Osteoarthritis in Guidelines: Discrepancies and Translating Evidence in Practices
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Osteoarthritis (OA) refers to a syndrome of joint pain accompanied by functional limitation
and reduced quality of life. The treatment of OA syndrome is dominated by pharmacological
treatments, including analgesics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs that relieve symptoms but
fail to modify disease progression. However, according to the most popular guidelines for good
management of OA, the optimal treatment requires a combination of non-pharmacological and
pharmacological treatments. The chapter gives a critical analysis of the most popular recommendations
for the non-pharmacological management of knee, hip and hand OA. This chapter provides useful
guidance and support for health care professionals making treatment decisions. It also describes the
barriers to implement OA guidelines in clinical practice.
Osteoarthritis, recommendations, knee, hip.