What are the nonpharmacologic treatment options for osteoarthritis (OA)?

Updated: Oct 12, 2020
  • Author: Carlos J Lozada, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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The cornerstones of osteoarthritis therapy, nonpharmacologic interventions include the following:

  • Patient education
  • Heat and cold
  • Weight loss [10]
  • Exercise
  • Physical therapy
  • Muscle training (eg, quadriceps strengthening for knee OA)
  • Occupational therapy
  • Unloading in certain joints (eg, knee and hip)

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