Clinical case study

Osteoarthritis: practical tools for management

How can you help patients put into practice non-pharmacological approaches to managing their knee osteoarthritis (OA)?

  • Cost: free



This activity has been approved for 2 points (CPD Activity) under the RACGP CPD Program for the 2020–2022 triennium (activity: 192620)

This activity has been accredited for 1 hour under the educational activity category in the ACRRM PD Program for the 2020–2022 triennium (activity: 19466)



Henry is a 65-year-old retired business analyst who was first diagnosed with right knee osteoarthritis 10 years ago. He presents at your general practice feeling increased right knee pain that began 3 months ago. Considering Henry has already been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, will you take a history and conduct a physical examination? Which non-pharmacological treatments will you recommend? How will you ensure Henry’s management achieves the best possible outcomes?

Complete this case study and receive instant feedback on your responses, compare your approach with your peers and read expert commentary provided by Professor Rana Hinman, academic physiotherapist and Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the Centre for Health, Exercise & Sports Medicine, Department of Physiotherapy, University of Melbourne.


Learning outcomes

On completion of this activity you should be able to:

  • describe the central role of non-pharmacological management of osteoarthritis (OA), including education, self-management, weight management and exercises
  • evaluate OA management strategy based on guidelines, considering patient safety, preferences, motivations, needs and goals
  • develop an individualised OA management plan with a patient
  • implement weight loss plan, including follow up and adherence, for patients with OA who are overweight/obese
  • identify different types of exercises and their role in OA management.