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Osteoarthritis Flares.

Thomas, Martin; Guillemin, Francis; Neogi, Tuhina

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Francis Guillemin

Tuhina Neogi


The phenomenon of flares is a common feature in the daily life of people with osteoarthritis (OA). Characterized by episodes of sudden-onset increases in signs and symptoms, their impact can often be distressing and disabling. Despite their potential to have both short-term and long-term consequences for patients across the whole course of the condition, their occurrence and optimal management are not fully understood. This article provides a contemporary perspective on defining OA flares and their potential triggers, and offers suggestions for how health professionals might explore flare patterns with patients in clinical practice and frame timely best-practice treatment approaches.


Thomas, M., Guillemin, F., & Neogi, T. (2022). Osteoarthritis Flares. Clinics in Geriatric Medicine, 38(2), 239 - 257.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 8, 2022
Online Publication Date Apr 8, 2022
Publication Date 2022-05
Publicly Available Date May 30, 2023
Journal Clinics in Geriatric Medicine
Print ISSN 0749-0690
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 38
Issue 2
Pages 239 - 257
Keywords Osteoarthritis; Flare; Pain; Acute; Exacerbation; Symptom variability;Management
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