Steroid jabs meant to relieve joint pain can make it worse, study claims

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Steroid jabs meant to relieve joint pain can make it worse, study claims as it blames the treatment for US patients needing hip and knee replacements Injections intended to release osteoarthritis pain may be having opposite effect Experts say jab may carry significant risk, and may even worsen the arthritis  Dr Ali Guermazi said: 'These injections are likely not as safe as we thought'

By Daily Mail Reporter

Published: 00:01 BST, 16 October 2019 | Updated: 00:11 BST, 16 October 2019

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Injections meant to relieve the pain of osteoarthritis may do more harm than good, a study suggests.

Almost nine million Britons have osteoarthritis, caused as the cartilage that protects joints wears away.

Thousands have steroid injections to relieve pain and make it easier to walk, but experts have now warned that the jabs may carry a significant risk.

US researchers looked at 459 adults given injections last year for hip and knee osteoarthritis. Ten per cent had complications in their hips and 4 per cent in their knees. Eight per cent of those

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