Breakthrough in Treatment of Osteoarthritis

More than 30 million people in the United States currently suffer from osteoarthritis, a disease that targets the joints and cartilage. Osteoarthritis is a progressive, degenerative condition, and the most common form of arthritis. Osteoarthritis is incurable, and the best we can do for this condition is to manage the pain.

However, research published in The Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases suggests that a method for actually treating osteoarthritis may have been found.

Previous research established that the molecule microRNA-181a-5p causes inflammation, a breakdown of cartilage, and depletion of collagen in the body. “MicroRNA-181a-5p plays a critical role in the destruction of the joints,” reports researcher Dr. Mohit Kapoor.

In the current study, the team focused on a new way to block microRNA-181a-5p. When injected directly into joints, the blocker they tested halted the destructive activity, halted the cartilage degeneration caused by microRNA-181-5p.

Whereas current treatments address only the symptoms of osteoarthritis, they cannot stop the progression of the disease, making this blocker a breakthrough in osteoarthritis treatment.

The next stage of research will involve human clinical trials. The team’s goal is to determine the precise dosage of the blocking molecule required to offset the destructive effects of microRNA-181a-5p. It is also essential to find safe and effective ways to inject the blocking molecule into the joints of those suffering from osteoarthritis.

Finding a safe and effective way to inject this blocker into patients will be a game changer for those with osteoarthritis.

Until this treatment is approved, you cannot find a better place to manage osteoarthritis than Hamilton Grove Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, in Hamilton, NJ.

Our care programs are designed specifically to meet the unique needs and interests of seniors and long-term care patients. We emphasize restorative care, maximizing each patient’s potential to regain and maintain function and mobility.

We foster an environment that is cheerful and enthusiastic, so residents truly relish and appreciate life.

Our outstanding Social Services team works hard to ensure that every resident thrives socially, emotionally, and spiritually.

We promote a culture of independence, crucial for emotional, social, and physical health. Residents are encouraged to choose their activity and meal preferences, and to perform tasks and activities as self-sufficiently as possible.

We carefully select, train and re-train our wonderful caregivers, who are especially sensitive to the needs of our long-term care patients. They treat residents with love, compassion, and dignity.

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