Latest Discoveries for Osteoarthritis
Millions of people suffer from osteoarthritis, out of which people over 70s are the most affected. The symptoms usually are excruciating joint pain especially in the hip and knee areas. In most cases, patients are left with reduced motility and are not able to walk for long distances. Currently there is no cure found to osteoarthritis and patients have to relieve the pain that comes with it through the use of drugs, physiotherapy and in extreme cases through surgery to amputate the affected joint. Studies have revealed some drugs that help relieve symptoms that have been approved by medical authorities. Here are some latest discoveries for osteoarthritis that have made headlines recently.
Hyaluronic acid injections
The one discovery that has contributed greatly is the mice knees. This astounding scientific breakthrough took its proceedings as part of a study research for the knees of mice. Mice knees hereditarily are short of lubricin and it has been proven that the addition of lubricin to the joint fluids aids in preventing osteoarthritis. Lubricin is a kind of a protein produced naturally by our bodies. This discovery led to finding a lubricin replacement through the form of hyaluronic acid injections. These injections are also known as viscosupplements and it replaces the fluids that naturally lubricate the joints. The process is completed by injecting the hyaluronic acid to the fluid in joints. This might help prevent osteoarthritis or those suffering from the same genetically. Researchers are working hard to find an alternative for natural lubricin and are hoping to find better treatment options including preventing measures for those detected with early signs of osteoarthritis or joint pains.
Corticosteroid injections are injected directly into the affected joints to relieve them from pain. It gives quick relief to the sore area. In addition, corticosteroids can help to prevent inflammation. All the symptoms like redness and swelling of an injured bodily part are prevented through this procedure. Compared to other anti-inflammatory pills, the corticosteroids shots works faster and are the most effective for joint pains.
Glucosamine and chondroitin
Glucosamine and chondroitin supplements work to fight the deterioration of joint cartilage and prevent joint pain. At present many medications and procedures are available for the treatment of osteoarthritis but glucosamine and chondroitin offers the least side effects. It is a natural treatment approach for osteoarthritis and the most effective in reducing the pain associated with the symptoms.
Natural procedures to fights inflammation
Foods cannot directly cure osteoarthritis but there are certain fights that can help to fight inflammation in the body. Include foods in your diet like Omega 3 fatty acids, flax seeds, green tea, beans, walnuts, green leafy vegetables and margarine and butter. Herbal remedies like boswellia, stinging nettle, devil’s claw, cat’s claw and ginger is also said to provide some relief for osteoarthritis. One can also opt for practices like acupuncture and tai chi.
Strontium ranelate is not a new medical development; it has been widely used for the treatment of bones. Now this drug is making a new breakthrough for curing knee osteoarthritis. It is best known to slow down the activity of cells known as osteoclasts which leads to the breakdown of bones. Predictions are high related to strontium ranelate that it will make advance further studies.
These are some of the latest discoveries made for osteoarthritis. And time will tell us when science will find the cure too!
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