Learn About a New OA Treatment
A group of drugs commonly used to treat osteoporosis may also be beneficial for those with osteoarthritis.
 
New OA treatment
 
 

Scientists have found hope that drugs used to treat osteoporosis may be useful in treating not only osteoarthritis pain, but cartilage damage as well.

Osteoporosis is a disease where bone tissue breaks down faster than it’s replaced. Researchers now believe a group of drugs commonly used to treat osteoporosis – called bisphosphonates – may also be beneficial for those with osteoarthritis.

Limited clinical studies indicate that these drugs may help slow down the progression of OA. Scientists believe they may impede the activity of a destructive cell in the bone beneath the cartilage in affected joints.

The most promising research, done in Belgium, revealed that a specific medication decreased OA joint damage, reduced pain and improved physical function.

Read about these studies and the link between osteoporosis treatments and the potential for helping people with OA.

While further testing is needed, take heart in this fact: Researchers in the U.S. and worldwide are making progress – as they search for OA treatments that do more than just relieve pain.