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Half of the patients with osteoarthritis develop neuropathic pain. What is it? And what can we do?

It is common for patients with osteoarthritis of the knee to suffer from neuropathic pain. Caused by an injury or dysfunction of the central and/or peripheral nervous system.

One in two patients with osteoarthritis of the knee suffers from neuropathic pain, one of the most complex and is caused by injury or dysfunction of the central and/or peripheral nervous system which is characterized by being continuous, stabbing, burning and defined as a stinging.

In Spain, seven million people suffer from osteoarthritis. Its incidence increases with age and each more and more also with sport or its bad practice.

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It is the leading cause of disability in older people, since their main symptoms are pain and loss of mobility. Yet Thus, cases of premature osteoarthritis are also becoming frequent, causing work incapacity.

Dr. Xoan Miguens, head of Rehabilitation of the Organizational Structure of Integrated Management (E.O.X.I.) of Ourense, stated in an informative note that “this disease has a process degenerative. An inflammatory process and, in recent years, it also has a component relevant neuropathic disease, which makes its treatment considerably more difficult”.

Current treatment consists of chondroprotectors, the objective of which is to control the inflammatory process and slow down the progression of the disease.

In addition to these treatments, Experts point out that in all cases early joint care is essential and Exercise to maintain joint strength and mobility.

During the past National Update Days for Medical Rehabilitators sponsored by the Spanish Society of Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine (Sermef). In addition to discuss this neuropathic pain, Dr. Ángel Rubio, head of the Rehabilitation Service of the Hospital Quirón de Valencia, spoke about new ways in the treatment of osteoarthritis that are still are in the investigation phase.

“Innovations in the treatment of osteoarthritis pass for betting on drugs that modify the course of the disease, such as glucosamine, chondroitin, collagen, among others. One of the main features of these new treatments is their efficacy taking into account the progression of the disease”

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