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Do steroid injections help with osteoarthritis of the knee?

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Title: Do steroid injections help with osteoarthritis of the knee?
Author: Palacios, Luis C.; Jones, Wanwisa Y.; Mayo, Helen G.
Keywords: pharmacologic therapy
nonpharmacologic treatments
joint lavage
intra-articular injections
Date: 2004-11
Publisher: Family Physicians Inquiries Network
Citation: Journal of Family Practice, 53(11) 2004: 921-922.
Abstract: Intra-articular steroid injections appear to provide 2 to 6 weeks of pain relief for patients with knee osteoarthritis (strength of recommendation [SOR]: A). Higher-dose steroids with or without joint lavage can provide pain relief up to 24 weeks (SOR: A). Steroid injections may be an appropriate adjunct in the treatment of osteoarthritis, which includes nonpharmacologic treatments (education, weight loss, physical therapy) and pharmacologic therapy (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs [NSAIDs], topical and opioid analgesics).
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10355/3068

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