Monday, 15 February 2016

New Guidelines Offer Hope for Older UK Osteoarthritis Sufferers

A report on how people suffering with symptomatic Osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee may still be able to remain active in sport has just been published in the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine: January 2016 - Volume 26 - Issue 1 - p 1–11 doi: 10.1097/JSM.0000000000000274
The authors – who are all members of The American Medical Society for Sport Medicine (AMSSM), an organisation which represents over 2100 nonsurgical sports medicine physicians - carried out a detailed meta-analysis (a process where the results of many different studies are pooled and then subjected to sensitive statistical testing) of all relevant clinical investigations relating to the use of Viscosupplementation published between 1960 and 2014.  Viscosupplementation is an internationally recognised treatment modality for Osteoarthritis of the knee. The process involves injecting Hyaluronic Acid (HA) or Sodium Hyaluronate as it is often referred to, directly into the affected joint. HA is a viscous fluid which closely resembles the natural synovial fluid found in all healthy articular joints...