Clinical update

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, and one of the leading causes of pain and disability worldwide.

Essential facts

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, and one of the leading causes of pain and disability worldwide. About 7.3 million people in England have osteoarthritis, and this number is predicted to rise as the population ages. Care can often be variable because osteoarthritis is not managed in the same way as other long-term conditions, with regular reviews. Instead, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) says patients present to their GP when they feel it is necessary. Those affected often have poor symptom control.

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Anyone newly diagnosed with osteoarthritis should have their pain, the impact of the condition on their daily life and their quality of life assessed, according to NICE’s new quality standard on improving the assessment and management of osteoarthritis. Adults should be encouraged to undertake an exercise and strengthening programme, lose weight

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