Think about intra-articular therapy for osteoarthritis
EC Huskisson MD FRCP Consultant Rheumatologist London
Easy things to do for osteoarthritic knees include NSAIDs and analgesics, quadriceps exercises, diet and supplements like glucosamine and chondroitin sulphate, which are of proven efficacy. In advanced disease, replacements will be the answer. The big challenge is the patient who hasn't done particularly well with these simple things but doesn't need replacements. It is for this patient that intra-articular therapy is worth considering.