Coping with Joint Pain Due To Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is an extremely common degenerative joint disease that affects millions of mainly middle aged and elderly people worldwide.   SPRI Clinical Trials, a highly respected medical research facility located in Brooklyn, NY, is currently involved in a Joint Pain Research Study Brooklyn and looking for volunteers in search of potential relief from this often times painful joint disease.

Osteoarthritis most commonly affects the joints of the knees and arms, but can also affect the hands, hips and lower back. Originally, it was thought that the disease only caused the cartilage within affected joints to deteriorate.  However, it has now been realized that the disease affects the entire joint, including not only the progressive loss of the protective cartilage coating located at the ends of affected joints, but also the progressive deterioration of the affected joint’s lining, ligaments and underlying bone surfaces.People who suffer from this disease experience pain and stiffness in the affected joints that becomes progressive worse over time as the affected joints continue to deteriorate. The loss of range of movement and quality of life can be quite significant.

Although there is a great deal of research being conducted on the cure and management of osteoarthritis, including the Joint Pain Research Study Brooklyn being conducted by SPRI Clinical Trials, no treatment currently available can reverse the damage already caused by this disease. Treatment focuses instead on attempting to manage the pain and stiffness caused by the disease generally through diet, weight loss and exercise on the one hand, alone or in combination with various prescription and over-the-counter medications to relieve pain and swelling.  Unfortunately, all too frequently, these approaches fail to completely and consistently relieve the pain and stiffness leaving surfers in constant search for more effective treatments to relieve their discomfort and loss of range of motion.  In extreme cases, surgery may ultimately become an option that may require serious consideration.  It is important, therefore, to regularly consult your physician and continually research this condition to see if there are new and/or more effective ways of managing this disease either in development or coming available.  The web is an excellent resource in this regard.  You might also consider participating in a clinical trial where new/experimental medications are being evaluated for their potential safety and effectiveness.

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