Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, affects between 30 million and 40 million people in the United States. It usually appears as joint pain that can limit physical activity and may lead to disability. The American College of Rheumatology has updated its more-than-a-decade-old recommendations for hip and knee osteoarthritis and developed new recommendations for hand osteoarthritis. The recommendations are aimed at improving the treatment of patients with these forms of osteoarthritis.
βThe biggest challenge in managing people with osteoarthritis is convincing them that there is actually something we can do for them,β says Marc C. Hochberg, MD, MPH, chair of the task force that developed the recommendations, and professor of medicine, epidemiology and public health, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore.
In this video, Dr. Hochberg explains the thinking behind the recommendations and why some therapies are strongly recommended while others are not. He also describes why the latest recommendations increase the emphasis on non-drug treatments for patients with osteoarthritis.