How often can an osteoarthritic knee joint be safely injected?
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In addition to being an effective analgesic option, corticosteroid injection into an osteoarthritic knee is a relatively easy, fast, and well-reimbursed procedure for family physicians. A 2008 Society of Teachers of Family Medicine consensus statement therefore recommended that all family medicine residents should be able to independently perform a large joint injection. However, joint injection is not without risks, and debate has been ongoing as to the frequency with which an osteoarthritic knee may safely receive a corticosteroid injection (CSI).
Evidence Based Practice 15(4): 05.