Title

Osteoarthritis - How to manage pain and improve patient function

Document Type

Article

Peer Reviewed

1

Publication Date

10-1-2001

NLM Title Abbreviation

Geriatrics

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Geriatrics

PubMed ID

11641858

Abstract

Osteoarthritis (OA) typically affects persons over age 60 and is often associated with pain and disability. Weight-bearing joints are most commonly affected. The goal of treatment Is to minimize pain and Its Impact on patient function and quality of life. Patient education, psychological support, weight control, exercise, heat/cold application, and use of assistive devices are safe nonpharmacologic approaches. Pharmacologic therapies Include acetaminophen, selected NSAIDs, and other analgesics, including opiolds for moderate to severe pain. Topical agents, complementary products, viscosupplementation, and surgery may be useful In an Individualized treatment plan.

Keywords

ARTHRITIS, ISSUES, SCALE, Geriatrics & Gerontology

Published Article/Book Citation

Geriatrics, 56:10 (2001) pp.14-+.

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URL

https://ir.uiowa.edu/nursing_pubs/283