For patients with osteoarthritis, the current palliative approach of analgesic prescription followed by joint replacement is often inappropriate. Instead, care should be tailored to the needs of individuals and targeted towards the central complaints of pain and functional limitation. So why are we still getting it wrong?
Refers to Yu, D. et al. Population trends in the incidence and initial management of osteoarthritis: age-period-cohort analysis of the Clinical Practice Research Datalink, 1992-2013. Rheumatology (Oxford)http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/rheumatology/kex270 (2017)