Symptoms, not X-rays, best guide to arthritic knee progression

Symptoms and examination are a better guide than X-rays as to which patients with arthritic knees are likely to progress to more severe pain, Dutch researchers say.

Several key baseline characteristics of patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA) can help differentiate between those who will need pro-active management and those for whom a wait and see approach is suitable, their study has shown.