Arthroscopic lavage of osteoarthritic knees.

  title={Arthroscopic lavage of osteoarthritic knees.},
  author={Peter J. Livesley and Michael T. Doherty and M Needoff and A M Moulton},
  journal={The Journal of bone and joint surgery. British volume},
  volume={73 6},
A strong clinical impression exists that joint lavage often provides symptomatic relief for painful osteoarthritis of the knee. A controlled trial was conducted to test this hypothesis. A group of 37 painful osteoarthritic knees were treated by arthroscopic lavage and physiotherapy, and a control group of 24 knees were treated by physiotherapy alone. There was better relief of pain in the lavage group, and the effect was still present at one year. An improvement in the signs of inflammation… CONTINUE READING


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