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Arthritis in the knee can make the joint stiff and painful. Everyday activities such as doing the dishes or tying shoe laces can become troublesome. Even though there is no cure for arthritis, there are treatments to ease the pain and make movement easier.
My treatment options “Mine behandlingsvalg” asked the Norwegian Institute of Public Health to find and summarise key findings from systematic reviews about relevant treatment options to ease the symptoms in patients with arthritis in the hip.
We found five relevant systematic reviews about the effectiveness of:
We made summary of findings tables and plain language sentences to summarise the results. Bottom line for the main outcome pain is:
- Exercise moderately reduces pain
- Celecoxib reduces pain and acetaminophen probably has little or no effect on pain
- We have very low confidence in the results about surgery and cannot say for sure how much it reduces pain