Table 3

Physician characteristics

Physician characteristicsPhysicians
n=50
n (%)
Age
 Mean±SD56.5 (±15.5)
Gender
 Male45 (90)
Race
 White or Caucasian34 (68)
 Asian8 (16)
 Other8 (16)
Average number of patients treated for knee OA each month
 1–25 patients5 (10)
 26–50 patients15 (30)
 More than 50 patients30 (60)
Proportion of patients currently seeking care for knee OA
 ≤25%15 (30)
 26%–50%22 (44)
 51%–100%13 (26)
Number of patients treated with TA-ER in the past 6 months
 ≤59 (18)
 6–1218 (36)
 13–2012 (24)
 ≥2111 (22)
Type of physician
 Rheumatologist17 (34)
 Orthopaedist/orthopaedic surgeon21 (42)
 Sports medicine physician7 (14)
 Physical medicine and rehabilitation physician5 (10)
Treatments that have been prescribed or recommended
 Acetaminophen*44 (88)
 OTC NSAIDS†48 (96)
 Prescription-only NSAIDS47 (94)
 Topical creams or patches47 (94)
 Magnetic pulse therapy6 (12)
 Corticoid steroid injection‡ (IACS)50 (100)
 Vicosupplement§ (IAHA)49 (98)
 TA-ER50 (100)
 Prescription-only pain medications¶41 (82)
 Knee surgery48 (96)
  • *For example, Tylenol.

  • †For example, Advil/ibuprofen.

  • ‡Other than triamcinolone acetonide extended-release.

  • §Hyaluronic acid injection.

  • ¶For example, codeine, tramadol, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, morphine, methadone, oxycodone, fentanyl.

  • IACS, intra-articular injections of corticosteroids; IAHA, intra-articular hyaluronic acid; NSAID, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug; OA, osteoarthritis; TA-ER, triamcinolone acetonide extended-release.;