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Researchers review the similarities and differences between OARSI and ESCEO 2019 guidelines for the management of knee osteoarthritis (OA) and provide a narrative to help steer health-care providers through the complexities of non-surgical management of the disease.

A doctor treats a patient with knee osteoarthritis

The burden of knee osteoarthritis is set to continue to increase around the world. Ageing populations and rising levels of obesity, combined with an absence of a cure for the disease, will lead to an increased strain on health-care systems. Due to this, there is a focus on how to best manage the disease.  

Clinical management is difficult and recommended treatment strategies routinely include a combination of non-pharmacological, pharmacological and in some cases surgical interventions. Management can further be categorised by disease severity, joint site and the presence/absence of comorbidities making OA treatment increasingly personalised.

Read the full news item on the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences website