What are the nonpharmacologic interventions for the treatment of osteoarthritis (OA)?

Updated: Jun 10, 2020
  • Author: Carlos J Lozada, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Answer

The goals of osteoarthritis treatment include pain alleviation and improvement of functional status. Nonpharmacologic interventions are the cornerstones of osteoarthritis therapy and include the following:

  • Patient education

  • Application of heat and cold

  • Weight loss

  • Exercise

  • Physical therapy

  • Occupational therapy

  • Joint unloading, in certain joints (eg, knee and hip)


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