Comparing Treatment Options

This guide summarises evidence on the effectiveness and safety of four treatments for osteoarthritis of the knee:


The goals of treatment are to reduce pain and improve joint function. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and Paracetamol are commonly used as first-line treatment for OA pain, along with exercise and weight loss. The treatments described in this guide are intended to promote healing of damaged cartilage in the knee or to augment the composition of synovial fluid.

The evidence evaluated comes primarily from comparisons of each treatment approach with a placebo. This guide does not address other treatments, such as exercise, physical therapy, pain medications, corticosteroid injections, or knee replacement.

Please note that the results of every procedure will vary from patient to patient. Norwood Day Surgery can neither predict nor guarantee success, please book a consultation to find out if this procedure is right for you.

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