For patients suffering from the pain and discomfort associated with osteoarthritis, particularly of the knees, lasting and consistent relief from symptoms can sometimes be difficult to find. Even with many treatment options for pain and inflammation management readily available on the market, such as NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), they are not always a viable or appropriate option for every patient. And while sensible diet and exercise plans have consistently proven to be a necessary and effective course of treatment for people suffering from osteoarthritis and other joint and rheumatic conditions, addressing the daily aches and pains that can hinder mobility and overall quality of life are a constant priority for patients, rheumatologists, and researchers alike.
A Shot of Relief – Traumeel and Zeel
Traumeel (Tr14) and Zeel (Ze14) are a pair of intra-articular injections currently in phase III clinical trials. In a presentation to the European Congress of Rheumatology, the researchers reported that the drugs are proving effective for long lasting pain relief for knee osteoarthritis that is comparable to treatment options already on the market, such as other intra-articular (IA) injections of hyaluronic acid and corticosteroids, as well as diclofenac, an oral medication.
Side Effects and Osteoarthritis Treatments
Even more promising for osteoarthritis patients who have to avoid NSAIDs for the potential cardiovascular and gastrointestinal side effects, Tr14 and Ze14 have not presented any significant side effects in the study participants to date, according to the researchers.
Developed to manage musculoskeletal and inflammatory conditions, like osteoarthritis, the injectables are made of various homeopathic ingredients, such as arnica, belladonna, echinacea, and comfrey root. They can be administered in several forms – subcutaneous, intradermal, intramuscular, or intravenously. According to the data acquired so far, the researchers are optimistic that long-lasting pain relief from knee osteoarthritis could potentially be achieved with as little as three weekly intra-articular injections of Tr14 and Ze14.
Osteoarthritis Treatment in Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills rheumatologist Dr. Susan A. Baker provides compassionate, individualized care to a broad range of patients in the Los Angeles area. If you are suffering from symptoms of osteoarthritis, or would like an expert second opinion on a previous diagnosis, call (310) 274-7770 today to schedule an appointment, or make a reservation online.