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Knee Osteoarthritis: Corticosteroid Injection-Exercise Therapy Combo?
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a crippling condition with the majority of cases taking place in the knee – but what’s the best form of treatment?
With 259 million painkiller prescriptions written in 2012 alone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one of the most common side effects experienced by patients being treated for chronic pain is opioid-induced constipation (OIC).
Knee osteoarthritis (OA) sufferers experience more than just pain and changes to their cartilage, bone, ligaments, and muscles in the surrounding area. They also often experience changes in the sensory and motor function of the knee.
As more is learned about the potential benefits of stem cells, a recent study looked at whether patients with osteoarthritis could benefit from the treatment.
The quality of osteoarthritis care is inadequate for all treatment domains, according to a meta-analysis published online June 17 in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice.

Spend any appreciable time on PubMed, Medline, or Embase, and you can begin to think that there aren’t many untapped areas of clinical exploration. Nothing could be further from the truth, of course, and a recent clinical review in Arthritis Research and Therapy outlines some of the uncharted territory even in a condition as prevalent as osteoarthritis of the knee.
A medication commonly prescribed to relieve the painful symptoms of multiple types of arthritis has been found to be ineffective in treating pain associated with one particular form of the disease.

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