Fast Five Quiz: Nonpharmacologic Management of Osteoarthritis

Herbert S. Diamond, MD


July 14, 2020

Splints may be considered for patients with osteoarthritis of the hand with trapeziometacarpal joint involvement. Recently published guidelines from the American College of Rheumatology/Arthritis Foundation suggest consulting with an occupational therapist when considering digital orthoses, ring splints, and rigid or neoprene orthoses for osteoarthritis of the hand.

Walking aids have been shown to lessen the pain associated with hip and knee osteoarthritis. Canes and other devices can also assist with balance; walkers typically provide the most assistance with balance.

Shoe insoles may reduce the pain associated with knee and hip osteoarthritis as well as offer benefits for ambulation, and they are recommended in evidence-based guidelines.

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