Steroid Shots May Actually Worsen Knee Arthritis, Studies Find

  • Two new studies have found that steroid injections for knee pain related to osteoarthritis can actually make things worse for patients.
  • Researchers from the University of California-San Francisco and Chicago Medical School of Rosalind Franklin University say that both MRI scans and X-ray imaging showed that steroid injections significantly exacerbated the progression of knee osteoarthritis.
  • In the United States, this condition is the most common form of arthritis, affecting over 32 million adults. Additionally, over 10 percent of patients with knee osteoarthritis seek steroid or hyaluronic acid injections to relieve their pain.
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