Here is the last set of key patient messages from international experts regarding osteoarthritis (OA). As always, talk to your health care practitioner for more information and for options that fit your individual needs.

Drugs

  1. You should avoid the use of non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for your OA over the long term
  2. You may get some pain relief from your OA by using acetaminophen (paracetamol) medications

Surgery

  1. Your OA symptoms can often be eased significantly without requiring an operation
  2. If you cannot achieve pain relief from your OA, have undertaken a sustained period of recommended conservative management, and it is very difficult to perform activities of daily living, joint replacement surgery is an option
  3. Keyhole surgery (arthroscopy) that involves washout of the joint and joint scraping should not be used to treat your pain unless there is a mechanical blocking of your joint

Reference

French, S., Bennell, K., Nicolson, P., Hodges, P., Dobson, F., & Hinman, R. (2015). What do people with knee or hip osteoarthritis need to know? an international consensus list of essential statements for osteoarthritis. Arthritis Care & Research, 67(6), 809-816

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