Recommendation ID
Biomechanical interventions in the management of osteoarthritis:- Which biomechanical interventions (such as footwear, insoles, braces and splints) are most beneficial in the management of osteoarthritis, and in which subgroups of people with osteoarthritis do they have the greatest benefit?
Any explanatory notes
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Why this is important:- In many people, osteoarthritis is made worse by weight-bearing or biomechanical forces through an affected joint. For example, base of thumb pain may be worse with grabbing and lifting items. Local support for the joint, in this case via a thumb splint, may improve pain and function. A large range of devices are available to help people with osteoarthritis in different joints, but there are very few trials to demonstrate their efficacy, and in particular little data to guide healthcare professionals on which people would benefit most from these aids. For example, there are many knee braces available, but few well designed randomised controlled trials of their efficacy, and few suggestions for clinicians on which patient subgroups might benefit from their use. Trials in the device area require careful attention to design issues such as the selection of control or sham interventions, blinded assessments and the choice of validated outcome measures that reflect the specific joint or functional ability being targeted.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Osteoarthritis: care and management
Date issued
February 2014

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No  
Last Reviewed 13/03/2014