New York, NY—May 16, 2018
A new study at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) aims to determine if a hyaluronic acid treatment combined with an exercise program helps patients with knee arthritis more than exercise alone. Hyaluronic acid is a gel-like solution that acts as a lubricant and shock absorber in the knee joint. Researchers will be studying Hymovis®, an FDA-approved hyaluronic acid product that’s administered in two injections in the knee joint given one week apart.
"Research shows that certain exercise programs can benefit people with knee arthritis. However, not all patients obtain sufficient pain relief through exercise," explains Sabrina Strickland, MD, an orthopedic surgeon and lead investigator at HSS. "The new study, which will take place at hospitals around the country including HSS, is designed to enroll a relatively young, active population of people with knee osteoarthritis. It will be interesting to see the results, as hyaluronic acid injections are typically used for an older patient population."
Study participants will be divided into two groups. One group will receive two hyaluronic acid injections combined with a physical exercise program of at least eight weeks. The other group will be provided with an exercise program alone, also to last eight weeks. All patients will receive a diary to record their activity and progress. They will see the physician for follow-up visits three months and six months after enrollment.
The initial doctor exam, x-rays, hyaluronic acid injections, exercise program, and follow-up visits will all be provided free of charge to study participants. Patients who have failed to obtain sufficient pain relief from the exercise program alone at the three-month follow-up will have the option of receiving the hyaluronic acid injections.
Dr. Andreas Gomoll, an orthopedic surgeon at HSS, is also involved in the study, which is open to individuals from 21 to 55 years of age. To qualify, patients must have experienced persistent knee pain lasting at least three months prior to the initial screening; lead an active lifestyle (play a sport or train at least two to three times per week); receive a diagnosis of knee osteoarthritis confirmed by an x-ray; and meet a number of additional requirements.
Anyone interested in learning more about the study is invited to send an email to StricklandOffice@hss.edu or Digirolamod@hss.edu. You can also call 212-606-1725 or 212-774-2673.
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HSS is the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. At its core is Hospital for Special Surgery, nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics (for the eighth consecutive year) and No. 3 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2017-2018). Founded in 1863, the Hospital has one of the lowest infection rates in the country and was the first in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center four consecutive times. An affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, HSS has a main campus in New York City and facilities in New Jersey, Connecticut and in the Long Island and Westchester County regions of New York State. In 2017 HSS provided care to 135,000 patients from 80 countries and performed more than 32,000 surgical procedures. In addition to patient care, HSS leads the field in research, innovation and education. The HSS Research Institute comprises 20 laboratories and 300 staff members focused on leading the advancement of musculoskeletal health through prevention of degeneration, tissue repair and tissue regeneration. The HSS Innovation Institute was formed in 2015 to realize the potential of new drugs, therapeutics and devices; the global standard total knee replacement was developed at HSS in 1969, and in 2017 HSS made 130 invention submissions (more than 2x the submissions in 2015). The HSS Education Institute provides continuing medical curriculum to more than 22,000 subscribing musculoskeletal healthcare professionals in 125 countries. Through HSS Global, the institution is collaborating with medical centers worldwide to advance the quality and value of care and to make world-class HSS care more accessible to more people.