Person getting Joint pain Treatment

Studies suggest that common joint pain treatments may make arthritis worse.

New research suggests that arthritis treatment may be accelerating the onset rather than stop it.

Both studies were presented Tuesday at an annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.

Researchers at the University of California San Francisco studied osteoarthritis patients. This is the most common form of the disease and affects more than 32 million Americans.

70 subjects received intraarticular injections during the two-year study, and 140 did not. Statistical analysis revealed that corticosteroid knee injections were significantly associated with osteoarthritis progression in the knee.

According to the study, osteoarthritis progression was less in those who had received hyaluronic injectables.

Researchers at Chicago Medical School of Rosalind Franklin University Medical Science examined the progression of osteoarthritis after patients received corticosteroids and/or hyaluronic acid injections.

Corticosteroids were injected into patients with osteoarthritis. Patients who received hyaluronic acid injections had “significantly” more progression.

Azad Darbandi, a medical student and researcher, stated in a statement that the results suggested that hyaluronic acid injections are an option for managing knee osteoarthritis symptoms. He also said that steroid injections need to be used with greater caution.

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