Steroid injections effective for knee osteoarthritis

August 2004
Journal of Family Practice;Aug2004, Vol. 53 Issue 8, p606
Academic Journal
This article examines the effectiveness of steroid injections for symptoms of osteoarthritis of the knee. The authors of this meta-analysis identified 10 studies of randomized placebo-controlled trials of intra-articular corticosteroids for osteoarthritis of the knee by searching 3 databases, contacting authors, and checking references of identified articles. Intra-articular steroids produced some measure of improvement greater than placebo, with approximately 2 to 4 patients requiring treatment for an additional 1 patient to benefit. This meta-analysis, however, included relatively few patients, and the magnitude of the benefit was not quantified in this study.


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