Thursday, 15 May 2014

Participants sought for study in knee pain

Do you suffer from Knee Pain?

The Osteoarthritis of the Knee Statin (OAKS) Study, based at the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, is looking for volunteers aged 40-70 years and who suffer from knee pain to join their clinical trial based at the Alfred Hospital.

The OAKS study is a 2 year randomised controlled trial with the aim to understand how the use of cholesterol lowering medication (statins) may be used to slow down disease progression in those who suffer from knee osteoarthritis.

Currently there is no treatment that slows the progression of knee osteoarthritis. Statins have a broad range of effects including anti-inflammatory effects. There is evidence that this may play a part in the role of slowing the progression of knee osteoarthritis. If statins are effective, they will offer a new way to slow the progression of knee osteoarthritis.
As part of the study participants will undergo screening and monitoring blood samples, a plain knee x-ray and two knee MRIs.
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