Osteoarthritis Can Be a Pain!
Hip or knee pain from osteoarthritis can make any daily task or activity a struggle, and every step seem like a battle.
The swelling, stiffness and pain from osteoarthritis can significantly affect your quality of life. These symptoms can worsen over time with repeated wear and tear. If this sounds like you, and current medicine is not enough, have you considered taking part in a clinical trial?
Clinical research is growing our understanding of osteoarthritis and how to treat it. Read on to learn more.
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Most doctors use the following methods to diagnose osteoarthritis and rule out other problems:
- Medical history
- Physical exam
- X-rays of the bone or images of the soft tissues in the joint
- Other tests such as blood tests or exams of the fluid in the joints
Causes & symptoms
Osteoarthritis is caused by the loss of cartilage - the lining over the bones that helps to cushion them. This causes swelling, pain and stiffness in the joints.
Osteoarthritis usually worsens gradually over time. Some things might make it more likely, such as:
- Being overweight
- Getting older
- Joint injury
- Joints that are not properly formed
- A genetic defect in joint cartilage
- Stresses on the joints from certain jobs and playing sports
Symptoms and signs to watch for include:
- Stiffness in a joint after getting out of bed or sitting for a long time
- Swelling or tenderness in one or more joints
- A crunching feeling or the sound of bone rubbing on bone
Current osteoarthritis treatments include pain and anti-inflammatory medications, weight management, physical activity and joint replacement surgery. For people living with hip or knee pain due to osteoarthritis, and for whom current pain medications do not work or cause unwanted side effects, a clinical trial may be an option to consider.
Clinical trials are exploring the development of new pain medicines that may help relieve symptoms for people who are living with hip and knee pain today and in the future.
Clinical Trials - Learn More
Clinical trials are helping medical researchers better understand and treat osteoarthritis of the hip and knee. Finding these answers depends on people like you to take part.
Have you considered taking part in a clinical trial for people with osteoarthritis of the hip or knee?
Potential benefits of participating in a clinical trial include:
- Close care and monitoring by a study doctor and staff throughout the study
- No cost for study treatment, related tests and procedures
- Contribute to our understanding of the treatment options for pain
If you would like to be considered for an upcoming clinical trial in osteoarthritis, take our survey.
Please take some time to answer a few questions and be considered for an upcoming clinical trial for people with osteoarthritis of the hip or knee. We also invite you to join our patient community.
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