Osteoarthritis Common Cause of Disability in Older Adults

Osteoarthritis Common Cause of Disability in Older Adults

Osteoarthritis (OA), the most common type of arthritis, is associated with a breakdown of the cartilage in joints. It affects nearly 21 million Americans and your chance of developing OA increases with age. It can occur in almost any joint in the body, but most commonly occurs in the weight bearing joints of the hips, knees, and spine. As the cartilage deteriorates, tendons and ligaments stretch, causing chronic pain that can be debilitating.
A nationwide research study for an investigational medication for people in pain from arthritis of the knee is seeing volunteers for participation. Adults age 40 or older that have been diagnosed with OA of the knee for at least one year may be eligible to take part in this research study. They must have moderate to severe chronic pain and be currently taking non-opioid medications such as Tylenol, Motrin, or Celebrex to treat their OA pain of the knee. Qualified participants will receive all study related medical care at no charge, including office visits, laboratory services, and study medication or placebo. To learn more about the study call Dr. Nathan Wei at the Arthritis and Osteoporosis Center of Maryland at 888-71-STUDY.