Osteoarthritis is an extremely common form of joint disease. It results from a progressive loss of cartilage and subsequent damage to the underlying bone in joints. There are no currently approved treatments that can arrest the progression of this disorder or restore lost cartilage and bone. The most common approach to treatment focuses on alleviation of pain using NSAIDs and/or analgesics.
Nonetheless, there continues to be a significant amount of research being conducted in order to find more effective ways to manage this often times debilitating and painful disorder. For example, preliminary results of a recent study suggested that injections into the knee of a person’s own stem cells may be able to reduce pain and inflammation (Health Day News, June 24, 2016).
If you are not satisfied with the treatment(s) you are currently taking and/or cannot afford the high cost of medical care, you might consider volunteering to participate in one of the various clinical trials being conducted at a medical research center near you. One of the more attractive features of participating in a clinical research study is that, generally, the doctor’s fee and the cost for all medical procedures, tests and the medication under study are provided free of charge.
To find out if and where such studies are being conducted within the New York Metropolitan Area search, for example, Joint Pain Research Studies New York City. Relief may be closer than you think.