Drug Shows Promise for Regenerating Damaged Knee Cartilage

…and that’s great news.

Bad news, the study was in mice.

But, the idea worked and nearly all joint related studies start out in mice or rabbits because, well, their knee cartilage is so close to human beings.

So it hold promise for us homeosapiens.

The drug is one commonly used for a different problem – osteoporosis – or softening of the bone and it’s called Forteo.

What you might not know is that the precursor of bone is cartilage. The cells that make up bone are the same as those that make up cartilage.

So, researchers, in this mouse model of osteoarthritis, gave the drug for a month and discovered that the knee-joint cartilage was 32% thicker than in control animals (thicker means better). And they noticed an increase in the cells that produce the basic infrastructure of cartilage as well suppressing the cells that cause an excessive breakdown of cartilage.

This all sounds great if you’re a mouse but since you’re not, what should you do for knee cartilage in the meantime?

  • Use joint friendly exercise (I talk about and give numerous examples in The 90 Day Knee Arthritis Remedy) – exercises that produce low intra-joint forces and promote joint healing and strengthening.
  • Take Chondroitin Sulfate – a disease modifying agent for osteoarthritis.
  • Stay well hydrated – cartilage uses water to develop a “cushion” effect in your joint(s).
  • Avoid prolonged use of Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (Aleve, Motrin, Advil, etc) – these drugs may reduce symptoms but may also worsen your condition.
  • Move frequently but within your body’s tolerance and capability. This might mean, for example, that you can get up and walk for 5 minutes without any problems but 10 minutes causes knee pain. Stick with 5 minutes done several times a day.

For a more comprehensive look at knee arthritis, consider my book, “The 90 Day Knee Arthritis Remedy“. Tons of information on what you can do to help reduce knee pain and improve mobility.

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