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Which Injection Works Best for Knee Osteoarthritis?

By December 28, 2008

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Patients have choices to make regarding their treatment options. Most ofcourse, follow their doctor's advice -- but doctors don't always agree on the best course of treatment. For example, if you and your doctor decide to inject your painful knee -- which injection should you use -- a viscosupplement or corticosteroid injection?

Viscosupplementation injects hyaluronan into the knee in order to improve the lubrication of the knee, reduce pain, and improve range of motion. Viscosupplements include:

Intraarticular steroid injections are injected directly into an affected joint. The goal of a local, intraarticular steroid injection is to improve joint function while reducing inflammation. So -- is it better to lubricate or inject an agent to reduce inflammation? You won't know until you try and many patients ultimately end up trying both.

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October 29, 2011 at 2:19 am
(1) Knee Injections says:

Hi

This article certianly added to my undertsanding of the subject and the treatment option available

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