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AAOS Now

Published 9/1/2021

AAOS Board of Directors Approves Update to Clinical Practice Guideline

On Monday, the AAOS Board of Directors approved the full update to the 2013 Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) for Treatment of Osteoarthritis of the Knee.

The 2021 Clinical Practice Guideline on Treatment of Osteoarthritis of the Knee (Non-arthroplasty) Third Edition includes updates to all 19 evidence-based recommendations included in the second edition of the guideline, with a total of 29 nonsurgical treatment recommendations. In addition, seven of the recommendations deemed inconclusive due to lack of available evidence from the 2013 CPG were upgraded. These updates resulted in one “strong,” three “moderate,” and four “limited” strength recommendations, signaling the expansion of orthopaedic research conducted since the 2013 guideline. Representatives from the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, The Knee Society, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Physical Therapy Association, the Arthroscopy Association of North America, the International Cartilage Repair Society, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, and the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine participated in the development of this guideline.

Visit www.orthoguidelines.org to view the 2021 Clinical Practice Guideline on Treatment of Osteoarthritis of the Knee (Non-arthroplasty) Third Edition.