Current Status of and Prospects for Osteoarthritis Treatment -- Development of Japanese OA guidelines based on OARSI Part 2

Timothy E. McAlindon, MD, MPH, Francis Berenbaum, MD, PhD, Hiroshi Kawaguchi, MD, PhD

This newsletter, first published in 2007, covers the efforts of the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) to improve the treatment of patients with osteoarthritis (OA). Previous newsletters have covered roundtable discussions by experts on current treatments for OA, the introduction of new recommendations for treating OA, and the future of orthopedic research. This year, the Japanese Orthopaedic Association (JOA) developed Japanese knee OA guidelines based on the OARSI treatment guidelines to provide a ‘bible’ for Japanese clinicians. The new guidelines offer a unique clinical perspective on treating knee OA in Japan.