How effective are corticosteroid injections in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee?
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How effective are corticosteroid injections in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee? Evidence-Based Answer: In patients with knee osteoarthritis, intraarticular corticosteroid injections (IACI) are effective 3 to 4 weeks postinjection for reducing of pain and improving patients’ global assessment. Triamcinolone appears superior to etamethasone and at 4–24 weeks postinjection, there is no evidence to support IACI over placebo for pain or functional outcomes (SOR: A, systematic review).
Evidence Based Practice 17(11): 8-9