Features April 2008 Issue

Future Therapies Offer Promise of Slowing Joint Disease

New findings on antibiotics, inflammation, fluid replacement, and gene therapy offer potential breakthroughs in joint pain relief.

There’s good news if you’re one of the 27 million Americans who suffer from osteoarthritis (OA): Scientists are developing therapies that could bring a whole new level of relief. These scientific breakthroughs might not hold a cure for arthritis, but there’s hope—even expectations—that at least some of these new options could slow the progression of OA and actually reduce joint damage. "Though it could take years for these therapies to win approval, it’s encouraging to look ahead to treatments that may one day make treating osteoarthritis successful," says Elaine Husni, MD, MPH, director of Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Clinical Outcomes Research.

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