Improving treatment for osteoarthritis: new guidelines released

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An emphasis on exercise and weight management for patients suffering with knee and hip osteoarthritis.


Australians suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee and hip may now get more support to manage their condition with the release of new best practice guidelines for GPs The following article is written by Rebecca Grant for Medibank. New guidelines emphasise non-surgical, non-drug treatment – https://www.medibank.com.au/livebetter/health-brief/healthcare/improving-treatment-for-osteoarthritis-new-guidelines-released/.

The article goes on to say that the following changes are highlighted in the new guidelines:

An emphasis on exercise and weight management for patients suffering with knee and hip osteoarthritis

Medibank’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Linda Swan states that more than 100,000 Australians receive hip and knee replacements each year

“We need to support GP’s with evidence based research about what the best treatment options are,” said Dr Swan.

“We want Australians living with osteoarthritis to have informed conversations with their GP including conversations about preventive care like physical exercise and weight loss.”

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