New Treatment Option for Osteoarthritis
Researchers at Cardiff University have found that injury-induced osteoarthritis can be prevented by a single injection of anticonvulsants, pharmacological agents that are typically used to prevent epileptic seizures.
These findings are incredibly important as over one million, of the 8.5 million people the suffer from osteoarthritis in the UK, are affected as a result of joint injury. Studies have also shown that osteoarthritis occurs in over 50% of patients who suffer joint injuries.
Mason and Bonnet (2017) found that one injection of the drugs significantly reduced swelling, to a better extent than all other forms of therapy. By reducing inflammation and bone cartilage destruction, it significantly reduces the likelihood of developing osteoarthritis in later life.
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