Monday, 22 September 2014

Yearly treatment could slow osteoarthritis

Researchers are trialling a once-a-year treatment to slow osteoarthritis.

Led by DEPM Professor Flavia Cicuttini, the researchers are looking at whether medications currently used to treat osteoporosis, a progressive bone disease, might be able to treat osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis is the most common cause of knee pain in people over 50. It is the third leading cause of disability after depression and dementia, and affects around 1.95 million Australians.

Professor Cicuttini said no treatment was proven to stop progressive joint damage, and while several drugs had been suggested to slow the disease, there was little conclusive evidence to support their use.

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