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Tuesday, June 10, 2014
What is the Best Treatment for Osteoarthritis of the Knee?
Several physician organizations have issued guidelines recently about the best non-surgical treatment for arthritis of the knee. They all agree on weight loss, exercise, and education. However, they disagree on the relative effectiveness of steroid shots, hyaluronic acid injections (Synvisc), non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, topical capsaicin, glucosamine, and acupuncture. Unfortunately, they did not even mention the treatment that I have found to be the most effective, prolotherapy. Prolo injections rebuild and strengthen the ligaments that support the joint, and can give long-lasting, if not permanent, relief of pain.