What is the role of intra-articular pharmacologic therapy for osteoarthritis (OA)?

Updated: Jun 10, 2020
  • Author: Carlos J Lozada, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Intra-articular pharmacologic therapy includes injection of a corticosteroid or sodium hyaluronate (ie, hyaluronic acid [HA] or hyaluronan) or biologic agent (ie, platelet-rich plasma [PRP]), which may provide pain relief and have an anti-inflammatory effect on the affected joint. [83, 84] Ultrasound guidance can facilitate arthrocentesis and injection and is increasingly being adopted by physicians such as rheumatologists and physiatrists for this purpose.


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