What information about osteoarthritis (OA) should patients receive?

Updated: Oct 12, 2020
  • Author: Carlos J Lozada, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Educate patients on the natural history of and management options for osteoarthritis, emphasizing the benefits of exercise and weight loss. Explain the differences between osteoarthritis and more rapidly progressive arthritides, such as rheumatoid arthritis.

Several Arthritis Foundation studies have demonstrated that education in osteoarthritis benefits the patient. Through education, patients can learn and implement strategies for reducing pain and improving joint function. Emphasize the need for physician follow-up visits.

For patient education information, see the Osteoarthritis Health Center.

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