The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) has published updated clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis. The 2013 guidelines replace the 2008 version and contain about 15 recommendations.
With input from the American College of Rheumatology, the American Academy of Family Practice, and the American Physical Therapy Association, AAOS analyzed and rated more than 10,000 separate pieces of scientific literature which met specific criteria. Knee replacement surgery was not included in the review.
The biggest change from previous guidelines is a strong recommendation against the use of viscosupplementation (injection with hyaluronic acid). Previous guidelines were inconclusive about recommending viscosupplementation. Learn more about the recommendations in Knee Osteoarthritis Treatment Guidelines Updated (2013).
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