Principles of Management

Principles of Management 1

Once a diagnosis of OA is confirmed, the goals for the management of both hip and knee OA are aimed at controlling pain, improvement of function and health related quality of life, with avoidance if possible, of the toxic effects of applied therapy (Zhang et al 2012). It should be remembered that OA radiographic severity does not always correlate with a patient’s pain. Treatment of OA involves alleviating pain, attempting to rectify mechanical mal-alignment, and identifying and addressing manifestations of joint instability. There are several recent guidelines published for the treatment of OA and the evidence for each modality as well as the recommendations made by each body is discussed below. The treatment options are grouped in relation to lifestyle changes, pharmacological, non-pharmacological and psychological management and are not presented in any specific order of importance. Education is discussed in the shared decision making section.


  • National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence 2008.Osteoarthritis National Clinical Guideline for Care and Management in Adults. London: NICE
  • Zhang W, Doherty M, Peat G, Bierma- Zeinstra MA et al. EULAR evidence based recomendations for the diagnosis of knee osteoarthritis.
  • Zhang W. Nuki G, MoskowitzS, Abramson RD et al 2010. OARSI recomendations for the management of hip and knee osteoarthritis. Part III : changes in evidence following systematic cumulative update of research published through January 2009. Osteoand Cart 18: 476-499



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