Volunteers needed for clinical study into knee and hip pain

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People in Glasgow who have osteoarthritis of the hip or knee are being urged to take part in a clinical study to assess the effectiveness of a new treatment.

Synexus, the world’s largest multinational company dedicated to recruitment and running of clinical studies, is looking for people with this condition to help them assess a new pain management procedure. Osteoarthritis is a long term condition that causes joints to become painful and stiff. It is the most common type of arthritis in the UK and it cannot be cured.

The main symptoms of osteoarthritis are joint pain and stiffness. Some people also experience swelling, tenderness and a grating or crackling sound when moving the affected joints. The pain from osteoarthritis (OA) of the hip or knee can be difficult to manage. People with this condition feel the pain differently, describing it for example as a dull persistent ache or sharp stabbing pains on movement, or both. Others describe it as a burning sensation, or a feeling of bone rubbing against bone.

Mild symptoms can sometimes be managed with simple measures including regular exercise however in more severe cases painkilling medication may be required.

Eligible candidates must be: over the age of 18; have osteoarthritis of the hip or knee; have tried different types of pain medications but still experience chronic pain, or are unable to take currently available pain medications due to intolerance and therefore continue to experience chronic pain.

If you would like to find out more call 0141 301 2135, or visit: www.synexusclinic.co.uk/our-studies/bones-joints/osteoarthritits-oa-hip-knee/osteoarthritis-oa-hip-knee/