26 Feb 2014 11:16:39.349
Researchers from the Arthritis Research UK Pain Centre at The University of Nottingham have discovered a new way to potentially block the chronic and often debilitating pain affecting osteoarthritis sufferers.
Currently, people experiencing the severe pain associated with OA are offered pain relieving drugs such as steroid injections and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, which work by reducing inflammation. However, some of these drugs can be associated with severe side-effects that limit their use.
In a new study published by the journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases and highlighted by Nature Reviews Rheumatology scientists studied a protein (‘receptor’) called TRPV1, which is produced by nerve cells in the human body that are responsive to pain, including those that respond to stimulation of joints.
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