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J Bone Joint Surg Br. 1991 Nov;73(6):922-6.

Arthroscopic lavage of osteoarthritic knees.

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Mansfield District General Hospital, Nottinghamshire, England.


A strong clinical impression exists that joint lavage often provides symptomatic relief for painful osteoarthritis of the knee. A controlled trial was conducted to test this hypothesis. A group of 37 painful osteoarthritic knees were treated by arthroscopic lavage and physiotherapy, and a control group of 24 knees were treated by physiotherapy alone. There was better relief of pain in the lavage group, and the effect was still present at one year. An improvement in the signs of inflammation lasted for about three months. Pain was relieved more effectively in patients with slight radiographic changes than in those with advanced changes. Our results confirm the effectiveness of joint lavage in the management of painful osteoarthritis of the knee.

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