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A new look at steroid injections for knee and hip osteoarthritis

By: Robert H. Shmerling, MD, Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing Osteoarthritis is a common and potentially debilitating condition. It’s a degenerative joint disease (often called the “wear-and-tear” type) in which the smooth lining of cartilage becomes thinned and uneven, exposing the bone beneath. Although osteoarthritis is tightly linked with aging, we now know there is more to it than age alone: genetics, weight, physical activity, and a number of other factors can conspire to make…

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