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Background: Knee osteoarthritis is a common cause of musculoskeletal pain and a leading cause of disability and healthcare economic burden. The optimum treatment for knee osteoarthritis is still inconclusive. A network meta-analysis is required to assess the efficacy and safety of treatments and provide more scientific medical evidence. Methods: Relevant studies were searched through PubMed, Embase, and Cochrane Library electronic databases from the inception to October 2018. Continuous outcomes such as pain, stiffness, physical function and total scores were expressed as the mean differences with 95% credible interval. Surface under the cumulative ranking curve illustrated the rank probability of each therapy under different outcomes. Results: Nineteen studies were included in this study, with a total of 2395 patients. For knee pain, platelet-rich plasma (0.691) was ranked at the first place, followed by hyaluronic acid combined with platelet-rich plasma (0.670) and hyaluronic acid (0.402). In terms of stiffness, hyaluronic acid combined with platelet-rich plasma (0.743) enjoyed the highest value, platelet-rich plasma (0.603) was the next and hyaluronic acid (0.386) was the third. As for physical function, the rank was hyaluronic acid combined with platelet-rich plasma (0.772), platelet-rich plasma (0.608) and hyaluronic acid (0.343). For total scores, the order given by surface under the cumulative ranking was hyaluronic acid combined with platelet-rich plasma (0.765), platelet-rich plasma (0.624) and hyaluronic acid (0.37). Conclusions: Hyaluronic acid combined with platelet-rich plasma showed the best efficacy in improving stiffness, physical function, and total scores, while platelet-rich plasma appeared the best in terms of pain reduction.
Li, B., Zhang, Y., & Bi, L. (2020). Comparative efficacy of treatments for patients with knee osteoarthritis: A network meta-analysis. European Journal of Medical Research, 25(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s40001-020-00426-1