Fast Five Quiz: Nonpharmacologic Management of Osteoarthritis

Herbert S. Diamond, MD


July 14, 2020

Figure 1. Osteoarthritis of the hip, colored radiograph.

Strength and resistance training, pulsed electromagnetic field therapy, and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation have been shown to provide short-term benefits. However, additional studies are needed to determine whether they do or do not provide long-term benefits. Agility training has been shown to provide both short-term and long-term benefits.

Exercise is routinely recommended for patients with osteoarthritis and is considered one of the cornerstones of osteoarthritis treatment. Physical activity has been shown to produce improvements in pain, physical function, and walking distance.

Learn more about strategies for the management of patients with osteoarthritis.


Comments on Medscape are moderated and should be professional in tone and on topic. You must declare any conflicts of interest related to your comments and responses. Please see our Commenting Guide for further information. We reserve the right to remove posts at our sole discretion.