Towards reaching consensus on hyaluronic acid efficacy in knee osteoarthritis.

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Summary of "Towards reaching consensus on hyaluronic acid efficacy in knee osteoarthritis."

Intra-articular injection of hyaluronic acid (HA) is a controversial treatment for knee osteoarthritis (OA). While clinical efficacy of HA relative to saline injections has been demonstrated in many studies, these results are of limited value in real-world clinical practice since saline injection is not a knee OA treatment. Instead, rigorous postmarket comparative studies of HA versus approved knee OA treatments are encouraged. The conduct of such studies is particularly important given the paucity and heterogeneous nature of current evidence regarding nonsurgical knee OA treatment. KEY
• Societal guidelines recommend nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and corticosteroid injections, but not hyaluronic acid injections, for knee osteoarthritis (OA) despite inconsistent supportive data. • This article encourages rigorous comparative post-approval studies to clarify the role of nonsurgical treatments used in clinical practice for knee OA.


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Name: Clinical rheumatology
ISSN: 1434-9949


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A therapeutic treatment typically involving INTRA-ARTICULAR INJECTIONS of HYALURONIC ACID and related compounds. The procedure is commonly used in the treatment of OSTEOARTHRITIS with the therapeutic goal to restore the viscoelasticity of SYNOVIAL FLUID, decrease pain, improve mobility and restore the natural protective functions of hyaluronan in the joint.

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