Breakfast Workshop C

Non-pharmacological Treatments in OA

Timeslot: Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 7:30am to 8:30am


Osteoarthritis (OA) causes substantial joint pain and functional limitations that reduce people’s mobility and, in turn, level of physical activity. Physical activity and therapeutic exercise are highly effective therapies not only for the management of OA symptoms, but also for virtually all chronic conditions. Recently, it has been shown that reduced mobility from difficulty walking in people with OA increases risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Thus, encouraging physical activity and exercise is a critical component of the non-pharmacological management of OA and will be the focus of this workshop.


    • Present the evidence supporting physical activity and therapeutic exercise in people with knee OA
    • Address common myths and misperceptions about physical activity and exercise in OA
    • Provide recommendations for a prescription for ‘physical activity’ and ‘therapeutic exercise’ in people with knee OA
    • Discuss implementation gaps and solutions to ensure high quality care in clinical practice
    • Identify research gaps and opportunities in the field of physical activity and therapeutic exercise in OA