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An Orthopaedic Roadmap for Osteoarthritis of the Knee
Date:2/26/2009

AAOS recommendations aid orthopaedic surgeons in treating this common condition

LAS VEGAS, Feb. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Osteoarthritis (OA) (http://www.orthoinfo.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00212)is known as the "wear and tear" arthritis. It can affect any joint in the body particularly after years of use. A clinical practice guideline for the treatment of Osteoarthritis of the Knee was presented today at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) (http://www.aaos.org/). The guideline was explicitly developed to include only treatments which are less invasive than knee replacement (http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00389) surgery.

The Guideline and Evidence Report recommends:

  • Not performing an arthroscopic lavage if a patient only displays symptoms of osteoarthritis and no other problems like loose bodies or meniscus tears.

If those mechanical problems -- such as loose bodies and meniscal tears -- are present, then arthroscopy can be potentially beneficial. "The current science shows us that just washing out the joint does not decrease the patient's osteoarthritis symptoms and can expose the patient to additional risk," said John Richmond, MD, Chair of the AAOS O/A of the Knee, Guideline work group.

Other important recommendations include:

  • Patients who are overweight, with a Body Mass Index (or BMI) greater than 25 should lose a minimum of five percent of thei
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SOURCE American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
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