The Challenge of Pain for Patients with OA

Gillian A. Hawker, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Department of Medicine, Women’s College Hospital
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Our current understanding of osteoarthritis (OA) is as an illness (the clinical manifestations of the disease) and a disease (the structural joint changes). To date, relatively little attention has been paid to understanding the illness relative to the disease. Better characterization of our patients’ symptoms is likely to improve our ability to target the right treatment to the right patient, resulting in improved outcomes.

This article appears in HSS Journal: Volume 8, Number 1.
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About the HSS Journal

HSS Journal, an academic peer-reviewed journal published three times a year, February, July and October. The Journal accepts and publishes peer reviewed articles from around the world that contribute to the advancement of the knowledge of musculoskeletal diseases and disorders.


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