Latest Advances in Arthritis Management—March 26, 2012

Research into treatments for all types of arthritis is ongoing, and promising new advances occur all the time. Some are immediately useful; others will take years to fully develop into approved treatments. Here's the latest news.

Most of the advances in arthritis treatment over the past decade have focused on rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune and inflammatory forms of the disease, but researchers measuring the effects of osteoarthritis treatments have also seen good results.


For those who are diagnosed at a relatively young age, the progression of degenerative forms of arthritis, such as osteoarthritis of the hip, is particularly devastating. Surgeons at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York and elsewhere now perform minimally invasive surgery to fix underlying disorders of the hip in the hope of delaying the onset or progression of hip arthritis that might otherwise result later on in these patients' lives.

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