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J Okla State Med Assoc. 2018 Aug-Sep;111(7):712-713.

In adults with osteoarthritis of the knee, is conservative management more effective than intra-articular corticosteroid injections in relieving pain?

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Saint Anthony Hospital. Family Medicine Residency. Oklahoma City, OK.

Abstract

Clinical Question:

In adults with osteoarthritis of the knee, do conservative management methods such as weight reduction, physical therapy, Tai Chi, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and others provide more and longer pain relief and functionality of the knee, as well as overall well-being, when compared to corticosteroid knee injections?

Answer:

Yes. Although there are limited head-to-head trials directly comparing each alternative method to corticosteroid injections, overall evidence appears to indicate conservative methods as being more effective than injections, especially when considering long-term pain relief and functionality.

PMID:
30524147
PMCID:
PMC6279239
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