The most effective treatment for knee osteoarthritis
Posted by Charles Waisbren on July 08, 2015 at 12:00 PM
Yup…. Our old knees ache. The most effective way to relieve our pain when “push comes to shove” are injections of hyaluronic acid or corticosteroids. This requires having a needle inserted into our knee joint and being injected with one of these substances. The good news is that knee injections often are able to relieve our pain for a significant period of time. The bad news is: who wants to be injected?
If you have arthritis in your knees, you know that the aches and stiffness can limit what you do in a day. There are various options for treating the painful symptoms of knee osteoarthritis, and researchers wanted to understand which non-surgical treatments work best.
This study found that acetaminophen (Tylenol) was the least effective with ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve or Naprosyn) being second to injections in efficacy. The other bit of news: for every pound of weight loss, there becomes 5 less pounds of pressure on the knees. Dieting to lose weight might enable someone to avoid the shots…..
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