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Monday, June 04, 2007

A New Way To Treat Frozen Shoulder

Doctors are using synovial fluid replacement products to treat frozen shoulder pain and shoulder arthritis. Several synovial fluid replacement products exist but the commonest one used for shoulder pain is Hyalgan.

Hyalgan is mostly used for knee arthritis in patients who have not responded to simple treatment options.

However, a recent study presented at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting suggested that Hyalgan may be beneficial for patients with arthritis pain in the shoulder.

More than 600 patients were studied. They suffered from moderate to severe shoulder pain due to arthritis, rotator cuff muscle pain and adhesive capsulitis or frozen shoulder.

The study showed that patients who received three or five weekly injections of Hyalgan over a six-month period had a statistically significant reduction in pain.

The results seem to show that Hyalgan relieves shoulder pain in most patients with osteoarthritis of the shoulder.

Other doctors recently have used hyalgan and other synovial fluid replacement products to treat chronic shoulder pain that has not responded to intraarticular steroid injections.

The synovial fluid replacement products seem to work best for people who have an osteoarthritis element to their shoulder problem,

No one knows how hyalgan actually works inside the joint but recent research suggests that Hyalgan works inside the cartilage cells to block inflammation pathways.

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