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Editor's e-Note
A recent study suggests that recommending physical therapy to address the pain of knee osteoarthritis could significantly reduce the costs of treating the condition. However, findings indicate that many physicians embrace the use of corticosteroid injections and pain medications rather than prescribing physical therapy.

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— Barbara Worthington, editor
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Knee Osteoarthritis Treatment That Doesn’t Follow Guidelines Comes at a Price

If health care providers treated patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA) according to established guidelines that include physical therapy, researchers say costs of treatment could drop by as much as 45%. Yet too many physicians are prescribing interventions that are not supported by evidence and may even carry extra risk.

An award-winning study published in The Journal of Arthroplasty queried the Humana claims database to determine the prevalence of eight nonsurgical treatment modalities—hyaluronic acid (HA) injections, corticosteroid (CS) injections, physical therapy, knee brace, wedge insole, opioids, NSAIDs, and tramadol—used to treat 86,081 patients with knee OA. The patients were receiving conservative treatment in the year prior to total knee arthroplasty (TKA).

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