Osteoarthritis (OA): The Big Picture
- There is no cure for OA. There are palliative treatment options for OA.
- Non-surgical treatments include use of NSAIDS and nutraceuticals, the modification of nutrition, moderate exercise, and physical therapy.
- Surgery may be the only option for end-stage disease (ex., FHO, THR).
- Prevention is key in the fight against canine hip dysplasia (CHD) and OA:
- Accurate prediction of OA requires a reliable screening method implemented early in life.
- Genetic control and selective breeding based on a validated phenotype can reduce the severity of CHD and the development of OA in subsequent generations of animals.
- Environmental factors such as diet, activity level, and pharmaceuticals can influence the onset of OA.
- Preventive Surgery is also an option (eg, TPO, JPS). However, the safety and efficacy of preventive surgical procedures have not been adequately studied .