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Knee arthroscopy requires admission to hospital and an anaesthetic. It carries some risk of harm such as infection or further damage in the joint. from shutterstock.com

Needless procedures: knee arthroscopy is one of the most common but least effective surgeries

Doctors tend to overestimate how good their treatments are and underestimate the harms that come from them. But many studies have shown knee arthroscopy to no more effective than fake surgery.
Glucosamine for osteoarthritis is one of the most commonly used complementary medicines in the western world. from www.shutterstock.com

Science or Snake Oil: is glucosamine good for joints?

There is evidence glucosamine can provide relief in osteoarthritis patients, but not enough to support its use as a preventative.
The hands of a 36-year-old sufferer of familial digital arthropathy brachydactyly, a form of inherited osteoarthritis. Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

Arthritis gene breakthrough could lead to new drugs

Australian researchers have pinpointed a gene that helps cause osteoarthritis, paving the way for new drugs that may one…
We aren’t quite in the place to say stem cell therapy can treat osteoarthritis and related conditions, in dogs or humans. TheGiantVermin/Flickr

Pause… stem cell therapy dogged by insufficient research

A recent article published in the Herald Sun newspaper reported anecdotal evidence of animals almost crippled from arthritis or joint damage recovering their function after stem cell therapy. Although…

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