PainRelief.com Interview with:
|Dr. Jonas Bloch Thorlund MSc, PhD|
|Professor of Musculoskeletal Health|
Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics &|
Research Unit for General Practice (Dept. of Public Health)
PainRelief.com: What is the background for this study?
Response: Opioids are commonly prescribed to patients with knee and hip osteoarthritis (OA). But for newly diagnosed patients’ clinical guidelines recommend exercise therapy, patient education and weight loss (if needed) as first line treatment. These treatments can be supplemented or replaced with biomechanical interventions (insoles, wedges, cane use, etc.), and paracetamol and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) if needed. Generally, opioids are should only be used when other treatment options are exhausted, ineffective or contraindicated. Thus, treatment with opioids shortly after OA diagnosis is considered inappropriate according to guidelines.