What's hot and what's not in osteoarthritis
The RACGP has released draft guidelines on the management of knee and hip osteoarthritis for consultation.
The recommendations, which cover lifestyle, non-drug treatments and medication, include:
- Paracetamol and NSAIDs
- Topical analgesics
- TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation)
- Yoga (or other regular exercise)
- Weight loss
- Steroids injections
- Knee taping
- Heat packs
- Walking cane
- Vitamin D
- Surgery (arthroscopic debridement, meniscectomy and cartilage repair).
- Therapeutic ultrasound
- Capsaicin cream
- Ice packs
- Special footwear
The guidelines are open for consultation until 20 December.