What is the role of joint lavage in the treatment of osteoarthritis (OA)?

Updated: Jun 10, 2020
  • Author: Carlos J Lozada, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Observational studies suggested a benefit for joint lavage. However, sham-controlled trials yielded conflicting results, and a meta-analysis concluded that joint lavage does not result in pain relief or improvement of function in patients with knee osteoarthritis. [144]


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