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Treatment options for osteoarthritis: considerations for older adults.

Authors
  • Seed, Sheila M
  • Dunican, Kaelen C
  • Lynch, Ann M
Type
Published Article
Journal
Hospital practice (1995)
Publication Date
Feb 01, 2011
Volume
39
Issue
1
Pages
62–73
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3810/hp.2011.02.375
PMID: 21441760
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis and the leading cause of disability among older adults in the United States. Treatment options such as acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are the most widely used agents to manage mild-to-moderate pain. Treatment with tramadol or opioids is usually reserved for severe pain associated with OA. These agents do not come without risk, especially for older adults. Patient-specific parameters and comorbid conditions must be considered when evaluating treatment options for older adults. This article reviews pharmacological and nonpharmacological approaches to the management of OA in older adults.

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