Knee Arthritis Guidelines Issued — Physician’s First Watch

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June 6, 2013

Knee Arthritis Guidelines Issued

By Joe Elia

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has released revised guidelines for treating osteoarthritis of the knee. The document is large, running over 1200 pages, but it's accompanied by a 13-page summary of recommendations.

The AAOS recommends that patients engage in self-management programs including low-impact aerobic exercise. The group says it can't recommend use of acupuncture or chondroitin and glucosamine. Nor can it recommend the use of hyaluronic acid or arthroscopy with lavage and/or debridement in patients whose primary diagnosis is symptomatic osteoarthritis.

Evidence on the usefulness of electrotherapy and manual therapies was found to be inconclusive.

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