■ Osteoarthritis is a common, chronic condition which requires an individualised management plan involving multiple kinds of treatment. ■ Exercise programs and the Arthritis Self-Management Program reduce pain and disability associated with osteoarthritis. ■ Paracetamol is the most appropriate first-line analgesic. ■ Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may be used as second-line analgesia on an as-needed basis (including continuous use), but must be used with caution. Cyclo-oxygenase-2-specific inhibitors are used if there are risk factors for upper-gastrointestinal complications, but only after considering cardiovascular risk. ■ Glucosamine sulfate is a safe and effective over-the-counter treatment. ■ Intra-articular therapies are used when others have failed.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Medical Journal of Australia|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Mar 2004|