Knee Disorders

Apr 1, 2021 Issue
Kinesiology Taping for Knee Osteoarthritis Pain [FPIN's Clinical Inquiries]

How effective is kinesiology taping (elastic tape applied to the knee to create patellar tension) for osteoarthritis pain of the knee?

Sep 15, 2020 Issue
ACR Guideline for Managing Patients with Degenerative Joint Disease of the Hand, Knee, and Hip [POEMs]

This meta-analysis found no evidence that the monoclonal antibody denosumab reduces the risk of fracture more than bisphosphonates.

Aug 1, 2020 Issue
Acupuncture for Knee Osteoarthritis [FPIN's Clinical Inquiries]

Electroacupuncture can be used to improve pain and physical function in adults with knee osteoarthritis.

Jul 15, 2020 Issue
Acetaminophen for Pain Relief in Osteoarthritis [FPIN's Help Desk Answers]

Acetaminophen is no better than placebo for relief of hip or knee pain due to osteoarthritis. Although acetaminophen does provide some pain relief, the effect is small and not clinically significant.

Jan 15, 2019 Issue
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome [Article]

The cardinal feature of patellofemoral pain syndrome is pain in or around the anterior knee that intensifies when the knee is flexed during weight-bearing activities. The diagnosis is clinical, and pain with squatting is the most sensitive physical examination finding. Treatment includes rest, a short course of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and strengthening exercises.

Nov 15, 2018 Issue
Braces and Splints for Common Musculoskeletal Conditions [Article]

Find out how to choose the appropriate brace or splint for your patient’s condition, and to determine the correct size, fit, and duration of use. Selecting an inappropriate brace or splint may lead to delayed healing or further injury.

Nov 1, 2018 Issue
Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis [Implementing AHRQ Effective Health Care Reviews]

What are the clinical effectiveness and harms of cell-based therapies, oral glucosamine and/or chondroitin, physical treatment interventions, weight loss, and home-based and self-management therapies for knee osteoarthritis?

Nov 1, 2018 Issue
Knee Pain in Adults and Adolescents: The Initial Evaluation [Article]

Knee pain affects nearly 25% of adults. This article reviews the initial primary care office evaluation of knee pain and describes systematic approaches to evaluation. It also defines instances in which radiographic imaging, musculoskeletal ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, and laboratory tests should be performed.

Aug 15, 2018 Issue
Aspirin No Different Than Rivaroxaban for Prevention of VTE After TKA or THA [POEMs]

Extended prophylaxis with low-dose aspirin is similar in efficacy to rivaroxaban for the prevention of symptomatic VTE following TKA or THA. Aspirin is cheap, widely available, and effective, making it a good alternative to the more costly direct oral anticoagulants.

Jul 1, 2017 Issue
Arthroscopic Meniscal Surgery Is Equivalent to Nonoperative Management [POEMs]

The existing research base, with biases that typically make interventions look better, is unable to demonstrate that arthroscopy for meniscal injuries is any better than nonoperative approaches. Because this is a costly intervention and is being used more often, perhaps insurance companies should reevaluate whether to continue paying for it.

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