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Osteoarthritis management of the knee Treatment options post the NSAID cardiotoxicity controversy

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Gartlan, J, Nelson, MR and Jones, G 2007 , 'Osteoarthritis management of the knee Treatment options post the NSAID cardiotoxicity controversy' , Australian Family Physician, vol. 36, no. 9 , pp. 717-718 .

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Abstract

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common, chronic musculoskeletal condition affecting at least 1.2 million Australians. It is the leading cause of pain and disability in the community, particularly affecting women, and the seventh most commonly managed condition in general practice. Although the pathogenesis is not fully understood, the factors involved include biomechanical stresses affecting the articular cartilage and subchondral bone, biochemical changes in the articular cartilage and genetic susceptibility. Knee and hip joints usually cause the most morbidity. Patients with OA complain of pain which typically worsens with weight bearing and is relieved with rest. They may also have joint stiffness, particularly after a period of inactivity.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Gartlan, J and Nelson, MR and Jones, G
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Family Physician
ISSN: 0300-8495
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© 2008 Australian Family Physician. Reproduced with permission from The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. Text and images copyright of Australian Family Physician. Permission to reproduce must be sought from the publisher, The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

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