What is Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting millions of people worldwide. It occurs when the protective cartilage that cushions the ends of your bones wears down over time. This results in pain, stiffness, and decreased ability to move. The knee joint is one of the most common places for arthritis to occur. Some of the known risk factors for developing knee arthritis include aging, repetitive injuries, weight, and genetics.
Treatment of knee osteoarthritis
Staying active, maintaining a healthy weight, and some treatments might slow progression of the disease and help improve knee pain and joint function. Specific exercise, which can be designed by physical therapist, can be helpful in strengthen the knee muscles while stretching can help with flexibility. Supplements, pain relievers, anti-inflammatory and other medications can be helpful in some cases. Lastly, there are procedures that can reduce pain and possible delay joint replacement.
Osteoarthritis of the knee studies
Dr. James Clark is conducting a clinical trial of an investigational injection for knee pain in Charlottesville, VA due to osteoarthritis. You may qualify if you have a diagnosis of osteoarthritis in the knee and have experienced knee pain for over six months. You do not need health insurance to participate. Those who are qualified and enrolled will be compensated for time and travel.