Resource Summary

Clinical Question:
What is the effectiveness of intra- articular corticosteroid injections in knee osteoarthritis?
Bottom Line:
Corticosteroid intra-articular knee injections reduce osteoarthritis pain -40 percent more than placebo and one in every 3-5 patients injected will have global symptom improvement in the first four weeks. Long-term pain relief is less certain but serious adverse events^ like joint infection^ are very rare (one in >14^000).

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Publication Date: 2015-3-30
Last Updated on PCR: 2017-03-31 14:47:17