Shots or Pills for Sore Knees?

What works best to relieve the symptoms of knee arthritis, pills or injections?

A new meta-analysis of 137 randomized clinical trials with a total of 33.243 participants concluded that injections of triumph oral medications.

hyaluronic acid

Surprisingly hyaluronic acid, the most effective treatment was injected

. This natural compound found in connective tissues. Although it has been used to treat osteoarthritis, it has not been considered a first line approach. These results may change that.

The least effective treatment was acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol. Celebrex was also less useful than injections.

The authors conclude that vaccines in the knee joint are better than oral NSAIDs to relieve arthritis pain.

[ Annals of Internal Medicine January 6, 2015 ]

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