Diagnosis and Treatment of Osteoarthritis

Rafaelani L. Taruc-Uy, Scott Lynch

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Abstract

Osteoarthritis presents in primary and secondary forms. The primary, or idiopathic, form occurs in previously intact joints without any inciting agent, whereas the secondary form is caused by underlying predisposing factors (eg, trauma). The diagnosis of osteoarthritis is primarily based on thorough history and physical examination findings, with or without radiographic evidence. Although some patients may be asymptomatic initially, the most common symptom is pain. Treatment options are generally classified as pharmacologic, nonpharmacologic, surgical, and complementary and/or alternative, typically used in combination to achieve optimal results. The goals of treatment are alleviation of symptoms and improvement in functional status.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)821-836
Number of pages16
JournalPrimary Care - Clinics in Office Practice
Volume40
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013

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Osteoarthritis
Causality
Physical Examination
Joints
History
Pain
Wounds and Injuries
Therapeutics

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  • Pharmacology (medical)

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Taruc-Uy, Rafaelani L. ; Lynch, Scott. / Diagnosis and Treatment of Osteoarthritis. In: Primary Care - Clinics in Office Practice. 2013 ; Vol. 40, No. 4. pp. 821-836.
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