Call Us: (513) 621-5112

 
 
 
 
 
 
Sterling Research Blog
 
Is Arthritis Pain Holding You Back?
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

In general terms, arthritis means inflammation in a joint. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. Rarely seen below age 40 it is seen in nearly everyone as we approach “old age."  It can occur in any joint but most commonly affects the hands, feet, knees and hips. Over time or with repetitive injuries the cartilage (cushion) between the bones wears down resulting in pain and formation of bone spurs. Symptoms are pain, stiffness, some loss of joint motion and architectural changes to the affected joint.

OA is diagnoses by symptoms, history and x-ray findings. This can be seen in family groups as well. One diagnostic feature is called Heberden’s nodes, a bone nodule on the distal joint of the finger(s). There is no lab work that is diagnostic of OA and blood work is done to rule-out other causes. Morning stiffness and stiffness with rest are a common feature but the stiffness will improve with movement. Besides age, other risk factors include obesity, diabetes, some occupations (i.e. carpet layer, roofer, carpenter) and sports (i.e. football, soccer, dancing) and traumatic injury to a joint (i.e. fractures, dislocations).

Treatment can vary depending on the severity of the pain. Moderate activity and exercise can help improve joint function, relieve stiffness and decrease pain. Exercise needs to be modified to the patient. Water aerobics and yoga have been shown to be very helpful. Acetaminophen can help with the pain but never more than 2500mg daily to prevent liver damage. NSAIDs like Motrin® or Aleve® reduce inflammation and control pain. Chronic NSAID use has a significant risk of death/injury from gastrointestinal bleeding, cardiac events and kidney damage. Turmeric is an Indian spice used in curry but it has anti-inflammatory properties. Found to reduce inflammation and pain in arthritis patients at doses of 800-3000mg daily. It too can have some GI effects of indigestion and diarrhea.

The goal of current research in OA is to develop a medication with adequate pain control but none of the side effects of acetaminophen or NSAIDs. Sterling Research conducts numerous studies for patients with OA. You could be a medical hero by helping to create a newer and safer medication regimen. To see if you qualify call us at 513-621-5221.




 
 
Subscribe To Our Blog

Blog Categories

  • News
  • Articles
    • 10/26/2017 - Are You Concerned About Heart
    • 10/25/2017 - Is Arthritis Pain Holding You
    • 10/25/2017 - Hypertension: The Silent Kille
    • 07/11/2017 - C-Diff: Could a vaccine preven
    • 03/23/2017 - New Drug Prevents Heart Attack
    • 06/07/2016 - Meningitis: More than just a “
    • 02/29/2016 - One Decade Later, HPV Vaccine
    • 05/22/2015 - The Truth About Insulin
    • 05/22/2015 - Diabetes Clinical Research
    • 05/12/2015 - Osteoarthritis
    • 05/04/2015 - What can I do about Acne?
    • 02/18/2015 - Yet Another "Cutting Edge" Med
    • 01/26/2015 - Recent study of an investigati
    • 12/03/2014 - It Is Estimated That 1 in 3 Am
    • 12/02/2014 - Making a positive impact on th
    • 10/28/2014 - Happy Birthday wishes to Dr. J
    • 08/15/2014 - Monoclonal Antibodies Revoluti
    • 07/09/2013 - Swimmer's Ear - What You Need
    • 05/17/2013 - Pink Eye: Usually Mild and Eas
    • 05/05/2013 - High Triglycerides - What You
    • 03/13/2013 - UK Researchers Dispel Myths of
    • 06/14/2012 - Why Do Research In Children?
    • 01/13/2010 - Should Your Child Be in a Clin
    • 05/09/2008 - Med Hero Campaign TV Spot

Tag Cloud
 
 
 

CONTACT US
NEWS & ARTICLES
Call For Participation
Patient Recruitment Specialist
Cincinnati, OH

PH: (513) 621-5112
FX:  (513) 621-5101

Cincinnati / Mt. Auburn
2230 Auburn Avenue
Level B
Cincinnati, OH 45219
PH: (513) 381-4100
FX:  (513) 381-4120

Springdale
375 Glensprings Drive
2nd Floor
Cincinnati, OH 45246
PH: (513) 671-8080
FX:  (513) 671-8090
Are You Concerned About Heart Failure?
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Congestive heart failure is a common cardiac problem in the US.  After age 40, 1 in 5 people will develop some form of heart failure and the risk increases as we age.  

 
 
 



Copyright © 2019. STERLING RESEARCH. All Rights Reserved