Osteoarthritis is the fifth leading cause of disability in this country. Affecting more than 30 million Americans, this condition causes severe pain, stiffness and lack of mobility in the affected joints. The knee is often the joint that’s impacted. For individuals who are suffering from this condition, finding relief and preventing it from getting worse are often priorities.
A recent study shows that the antidepressant paroxetine may help to prevent the cartilage loss that causes symptoms to worsen in this disease. It’s also suggested that this drug may also promote cartilage production in people who take it.
What does this mean for people with this disabling condition?
While there is more research that needs to be done, there is some belief that this drug might be the first actual treatment for osteoarthritis because it may help to reduce the effects instead of just managing the symptoms. It could potentially prevent some patients from needing to have surgery to address the condition of the impacted joints.
It’s unlikely that this will be a stand-alone treatment. People will likely still need to use other treatments, such as weight control, proper nutrition and physical therapy to be able to function as normally as possible. Ultimately, this could lead to the individuals being able to continue to work or find a suitable job despite the condition.
People who have debilitating osteoarthritis may need to file for Social Security Disability benefits. Working with an attorney who is familiar with this type of situation might help you to get the benefits you’re due — particularly if your claim has already been denied.