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Common injections don't help knee osteoarthritis more than placebo, large data review finds

1 month ago   |   By STAT

A commonly used treatment for people with knee osteoarthritis is barely more effective than the placebo effect in reducing pain and improving function, a new review of 50 years of data found. Yet despite decades of mounting evidence showing hyaluronic acid injections don't help most osteoarthritis patients, the shots have become more widely used, costing the American health care system over $300 million each year in Medicare claims alone .
Osteoarthritis is an incurable, chronic condition that occurs as cartilage breaks down in the knees, hips, hands, or other joints, resulting in pain...
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