Monday, 4 August 2014

Can osteoarthritis be treated with cholesterol drugs?

Drugs used to lower cholesterol are being trialled to stop the advancement of osteoarthritis. The trial led by Monash University researchers will look at whether the drugs could reduce the progression of osteoarthritis.

Professor Flavia Cicuttini,Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, said osteoarthritis was the most common cause of knee pain and disability in people aged over 50.

As part of the trial, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) will be used, which Professor Cicuttini said enables the team to look closely at the knee joint and assess how the disease is progressing.

“Our aim with this research is to improve the management and quality of life for those with knee pain and osteoarthritis,” Professor Cicuttini said.

Those who are aged over 40 and who suffer knee pain are being invited to take part in the research. To take part in the trial contact: 03 9903 0553 or email jointstudy@monash.edu

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