Many people with osteoarthritis experience some kind of grief. They are told that they are no longer allowed to exercise or that surgery is the only treatment option.

At ArtroseKlinieken we take a different approach.

  • We help patients with osteoarthritis to lead as active a life as possible with as few complaints as possible.
  • Our goal is to delay surgery as long as possible.

Many patients do not know how to deal with their complaints. They hardly move for fear of making the complaints worse, or continue to exercise through the pain, for fear of becoming less and less able.

At osteoarthritis clinics, we offer the full range of non-operative treatments and we help patients to get their complaints under control in the long term. With central management, good cooperation between the practitioners and an active input from the patient.

Facts and numbers:

  • More than 1.5 million people in the Netherlands have osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of the knee is the most common, followed by osteoarthritis of the hip
  • Osteoarthritis occurs from the age of 40-45 and increases with age
  • Each year, 1.1 billion euros is spent on osteoarthritis (1.1% of the total healthcare costs).


  • 17% of patients continue to have complaints after a knee prosthesis
  • 5% of patients experience a complication during the placement of a new knee (thrombosis, infection, death).
  • This risk increases with an underlying condition, smoking or being overweight.
  • The younger, the greater the chance that a prosthesis will become loose and need to be replaced

Conservative treatment

  • National and international guidelines advise conservative treatment via a ‘stepped care’ principle.
  • Only 19-66% of patients are offered these conservative treatments.
  • Only 20% of patients who come to the orthopedic surgeon have tried multiple conservative treatments and only 10% are offered this.

Factors for successful treatment

  • Good cooperation between different practitioners
  • Good contact with the treating doctor
  • Sufficient time for information
  • The feeling of being taken seriously.
  • Recognize the importance of sport and exercise.