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Clinical Assessment of Osteoarthritis Pain: Contemporary Scenario, Challenges, and Future Perspectives.

Pain and Therapy 2024 April 26
The multifaceted nature of osteoarthritis (OA) pain presents a challenge in understanding and managing the condition. The diverse pain experiences, progression rates, individual responses to treatments, and complex disease mechanisms contribute to heterogeneity in the clinical studies outcomes. The lack of a standardized methodology for assessing and classifying OA pain challenges healthcare practitioners. This complicates the establishment of universally applicable protocols or standardized guidelines for treatment. This article explores the heterogeneity observed in clinical studies evaluating OA pain treatments, highlighting the necessity for refined methodologies, personalized patient categorization, and consistent outcome measures. It discusses the role of the multidimensional nature of OA pain, underlying pain mechanisms, and other contributing factors to the heterogeneity in outcome measures. Addressing these variations is crucial to establishing a more consistent framework for evidence-based treatments and advancing care of the patient with OA pain.

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