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Injection in buttock effective for hip osteoarthritis

An intramuscular corticosteroid injection in the buttock is an effective painkiller for patients with hip osteoarthritis, also known as hip wear. Moreover, the effect of the injection is long lasting, lasting up to 12 weeks.

Desiree Dorleijn, PHD student and trainee orthopedic surgeon, will receive her PhD on on this subject on 25 January at Erasmus MC.

Dorleijn studied a total of 107 patients with painful hip osteoarthritis who were divided into two groups .One group  was given a placebo injection and the other group was given an injection with an active ingredient. The average pain rating (on a scale from 1 to 10) was 4.3 before the injection. The rating in the group that received the placebo fell to an average of 3.9 after two weeks. The average rating in the group that received corticosteroids dropped to 2.6. On average, the effect lasted for 12 weeks.

Until now, corticosteroid injections for pain relief were given in the hip joint. Treatment with an intramuscular injection in the buttock has a number of significant benefits over an injection in the hip joint. An injection in a joint must be given at the Radiology department. This is because the specialist must identify the site for injection using an ultrasound scan or X-ray. An intramuscular injection can be given by the GP, thereby also making the new method much cheaper.
In the Netherlands, an estimated 80,000 men and 160,000 women suffer from hip osteoarthritis. It is a rheumatic disorder that most commonly affects the middle-aged and is caused by the cartilage becoming thinner and softer.This gradually leads to pain. 

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Date published: 24 January 2017.

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