Did you know that steroid injection for knee Osteoarthritis is controversial and can cause harm, including accelerated arthritis progression, followed by subchondral insufficiency fracture, osteonecrosis, and rapid joint destruction with bone loss (1) .
The benefits of the steroid injection remains controversial due to lack of strong clinical evidence based studies due to temporary and even no improvement in symptoms or x-ray. Even the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons does not support an evidence-based recommendation that intra-articular corticosteroid injection is an appropriate treatment option for knee and hip arthritis (2). However, the use of intra-articular corticosteroid injection to treat arthritis remains commonplace in clinical practice despite the lack of strong evidence supporting its efficacy.
Did you know that due to this, PRP knee injection is now considered the gold standard for arthritis by many practitioners as studies have shown it is far superior than steroid injections (3)
Unfortunately, insurance companies still mandate that patients need to fail multiple steroid injections prior to considering other therapies. This is where we come in. Here at Unity HealthMedSpa & Wellness we institute PRP injections and and even other cutting edge modalities to treat your arthritis. Call or book your appointment today!
Article on Risks and Benefits of Intra-articular Corticosteroid Injection for Treatment of Osteoarthritis: What Radiologists and Patients Need to Know
Article on The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Evidence-Based Guideline
Clinical Update: Why PRP Should Be Your First Choice for Injection Therapy in Treating Osteoarthritis of the Knee