Navigation Links
Detecting early signs of osteoarthritis
Date:7/23/2009

Researchers at The University of Nottingham are hoping to find out if inflammation of the knee could be an early sign of osteoarthritis a condition which leads to pain, stiffness, swelling and disability.

Up to six million people in the UK suffer from osteoarthritis in the knee. Now 200 patients, over the age of 55, from GP practices across Nottingham are to take part in a study led by research physiotherapist Michelle Hall in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Physiotherapy.

Mrs Hall, who is a lecturer in the Division of Physiotherapy Education, said: "It has been shown that people who have inflammation may develop more severe and progressive osteoarthritis and experience greater pain and disability. The ability to detect the presence of inflammation using Ultrasound could therefore be important in terms of prognosis and selection of certain treatments."

With a three-year training fellowship from the Arthritis Research Campaign of 192,000 Mrs Hall will use new ultrasound techniques to identify if this common condition, in people over 55, can be linked to osteoarthritis.

At the moment osteoarthritis can only be identified by x-ray, which is limited to revealing changes to bones and degeneration of cartilage. It does not show up any changes or inflammation to the surrounding soft tissue or joint lining. This inflammation may also contribute to pain and stiffness and could, in fact, be a precursor to osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis is known as a "wear and tear" condition in which cartilage wears away, leaving bones rubbing together. Recently scientists have shown that inflammation in the joint lining may also play a role in its development.

The team from The University of Nottingham's physiotherapy education and academic rheumatology departments aim to find out if people with knee pain and/or knee osteoarthritis also have inflammation in their knees.

Patients will attend the Clinical Sciences Building at the University for the ultrasound scans which will repeated three months later or if participants report a change in their knee pain, to chart the progress of the inflammation to see whether this correlates with x-ray changes or with increases in pain. A control group of healthy volunteers will also undergo ultrasound on their knees as a comparison group.


'/>"/>

Contact: Michelle Hall
michelle.hall@nottingham.ac.uk
44-115-823-1782
University of Nottingham
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Mayo Clinic researchers discover new diagnostic test for detecting infection in prosthetic joints
2. Despite Advances in the Accuracy of CT Colonography in Detecting Polyps, Digestive Health Experts Urge Patients to Consider Risks and Realities
3. Study: HPV test beats Pap in detecting cervical cancer
4. A new key to detecting deadly aortic aneurysms
5. Breaking Studies at AARC Congress Show Masimo SET and Masimo Rainbow SET to be Accurate, Effective and Uniquely Beneficial in Detecting and Tracking Disease States
6. NIST, NCI, SAIC partner on new method for detecting HER2 breast cancer
7. Autism Awareness Month - New Hope for Detecting/Reversing Autism in Infants
8. 3T MRI plays significant role in detecting prostate cancer, study says
9. MRI better than MDCT in detecting endoleaks, study says
10. Detecting, Diagnosing Breast Cancers
11. New Studies Support Dermatologists Recommendation: Self-Exams, Screenings Vital for Detecting Skin Cancer
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/24/2017)... CA (PRWEB) , ... May 24, 2017 , ... ... today its participation in nVerge 2017 – a one-day technology conference in San Diego, ... document management solution, which allows users to fully utilize and enhance their Sage ERP ...
(Date:5/24/2017)... ... May 24, 2017 , ... Dr. Manju R. Kejriwal, a leading Ohio ... with or without a referral. Dr. Kejriwal understands the emotional and financial toll traditional ... in Cincinnati, OH. Patients no longer need to feel the esthetic effects of wires ...
(Date:5/24/2017)... ... 24, 2017 , ... Myers Jackson is well known for auctioning homes that ... homes anywhere on the planet. The luxury home market is alive and well and ... A quick search of “11 Spyglass Hill Auction will enlighten you on the dynamics ...
(Date:5/24/2017)... ... , ... Medic CE , a Career Step company, is sponsoring a ... by the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS). The free webinar, to be held ... Captain Rommie Duckworth, LP, a career fire captain as well as founder and director ...
(Date:5/24/2017)... ... May 24, 2017 , ... Adelberg-Montalvan Pediatric Dentistry ... for its patients on Long Island, New York. , Holistic dentistry puts ... is one of the biggest trends in dentistry today. , Dentist Dr. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/6/2017)... is Stroke Awareness Month and Omron Healthcare is reminding ... prevent a stroke: monitor and manage your blood pressure. ... undetected and uncontrolled hypertension is a leading risk factor ... personal heart health technology, recently evolved its mission to ... and is advancing a national public education effort to ...
(Date:5/4/2017)... 2017  A recent study published in the ... light as a means of disinfection anesthesia workstations ... bioburden on anesthesia workstations. In the study, UVC ... medical equipment surfaces contaminated with three (3) organisms ... study further validates the body of literature supporting ...
(Date:5/4/2017)... May 4, 2017  DarioHealth Corp. (NASDAQ: DRIO), a ... big data solutions, today announced that it is teaming ... STI Technologies Limited to lower diabetes healthcare costs in ... innoviCares card, which is available throughout all provinces and ... will be eligible for additional savings when shopping for ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: