A committee formed by the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) released a document on what they feel are evidence based recommendations for treatment of hip and knee Osteoarthritis (OA). The stated goal of this committee was:
To develop concise, patient-focussed, up to date, evidence-based, expert consensus recommendations for the management of hip and knee osteoarthritis (OA), which are adaptable and designed to assist physicians and allied health care professionals in general and specialist practise throughout the world.A very noble goal indeed. What I'm excited about is that the committee did not include a single physiotherapist/physical therapist, yet our profession figures very prominently in most of the "non-pharmacological" treatment recommendations. The paper goes on to state, specifically, that referral to PT for symptomatic knee and hip OA was "strongly supported" and recommended by "100% of the experts" on the panel.
Good news for us. Now if we can get this into the hands of the public, all would be even better.
Jason L. Harris, PT