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How effective are corticosteroid injections for treating osteoarthritis?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Not all osteoarthritis treatment guidelines recommend corticosteroid injections. Those that do recommend them suggest using them when core treatments, such as exercise, NSAIDs, braces, and splints, do not control pain and other symptoms. One guideline and a Cochrane systematic review of 27 published studies state that there is not enough evidence of effectiveness from studies to recommend for or against these injections. 

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