About 13 percent of women ages 60 years or older have osteoarthritis in their knees--and pain so debilitating it hurts to walk or go upstairs. To keep the pain at bay, most people have to do a combination of treatments that usually include taking anti-inflammatory pain relievers, steroid shots to the knees, and knee braces to provide support. If none of these work, or just work for a while, surgery becomes the only option.
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Well, now there's a groundbreaking new injection that decrease your pain in just one month. Patients who went through this experimental treatment in Japan had four times less pain after just four weeks of treatment--and their symptoms continued to improve after that first month so they were able to walk and climb stairs pain-free.
The treatment was pretty revolutionary, too. Doctors previously thought that osteoarthritis in the knee was caused by cartilage loss, causing the bones to rub against one another. Now experts think it's caused by too many blood vessels, along with nerve cells, along the inflamed knee. The injections contain antibiotics, which clump together in the blood vessels of the knee and stop the flow of blood--and pain.
So far the study was confined to patients in Japan, but the hope is that it will be expanded to other countries soon, according to the Daily Mail.
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