There are many tools available to manage OA but they are not weighted equally.
This slide depicts the main categories of tools used to manage OA and their importance.
There is so much to be discussed within each topic but the lifestyle category is an especially vast topic that must fit the individual patient’s needs. Exercise is the cornerstone of OA management.
Medications that are commonly used for the treatment of OA include: NSAIDs, Tramadol, Amantidine and gabapentin, but not all work well for OA.
Chondroprotectives (although not medications per se) do play a role in OA management as they can have a positive effect on the patient.
Modalities such as laser therapy and ultrasound can also be helpful, but there are many more modalities that owners can consider to help manage their pet.
Surgery is definitely the least important category but it has its place, especially when it comes to hip OA and that of the carpal and hock joints.