Arthritis in the knee can make the joint stiff and painful. Activities of daily living such as doing the dishes or tying the shoe laces can become troublesome. Even though there is no cure for arthritis, there are treatments to ease the pain and make movement easier.
My treatment options “Mine behandlingsvalg” asked the Norwegian Institute of Public Health to find and summarize key findings from systematic reviews about relevant treatment options to ease the symptoms in patients with arthritis in the knee.
We found six relevant systematic reviews about the effectiveness of:
- Self-management education programme
- Physicl aids such as; Braces and orthoses
- Surgery such as; Osteotomy and arthoplasty
We made summary of findings tables and plain language sentences to summarize the results. Bottom line for the main outcome pain is:
- Exercise moderately reduces pain
- Self-management education programme may give little or no difference in pain
- Physicl aids such as; Braces and orthoses probably give little or no difference in pain
- It is uncertain if unicompartmental knee arthroplasty (UKA) is superior to total knee arthroplasty in pain