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Treatment for Osteoarthritis is a step closer thanks to recent research!

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Those who suffer from osteoarthritis deal with a great deal of pain and discomfort due to their joints becoming damaged. This is due to the cartilage in between joints becoming hard and thin and the bones becoming thicker. Eventually, the bones change shape which causes them to move position. In extreme circumstances where the cartilage completely disappears the bones rub together which causes damage and a change of shape in your joint, which is incredibly painful. However, Scientists at the University of Manchester have conducted research with stem cells which hopes to be able to treat osteoarthritis!

Research Breakthrough

The researchers at the University of Manchester implanted the cartilage stem cells into damaged cartilage on the knee joints of rats. The following 4 weeks showed that the cartilage had partially repaired, and after 12 weeks the cartilage seemed smooth and similar to normal healthy cartilage. This study showed very interesting results and so far hasn’t shown any inkling of nasty side effects that earlier stem cell research showed, e.g. tumors. This is a big step forward for research into stem cells and the treatment of osteoarthritis. Much more research will have to be done before human trials are set to go forward, this is to make sure the treatment will have no nasty side effects and test the procedure to see if it will help long term. Researchers have also said that at the moment, they are using adult stems cells which are very difficult and costly to produce, so only small-scale tests are being made.­ Regar­dless of the current problems with production, this research shows a great help for those with osteoarthritis and hopefully in the next few years will prove an effective treatment for the disease.

How does Tenura help?

Although Tenura doesn’t have the ability to cure or treat impairing diseases, we can provide a selection of independent living aids designed to make small and frequent tasks much easier. Tenura anti slip grip strips are just such an example. This material can be easily wrapped around almost any object you struggle to gain a comfortable grip on. This material will then create a strong, grip enhancing and much more comfortable surface around objects which will make it easier to pick up and use. Tenura cutlery grips offer similar help. Cutlery grips can be applied to most knives, forks and other utensils. Once applied, this product creates a large surface area which is easy to hold and will not stress the joints in your fingers, increasing grip and comfort. Products which provide assistance for those with impaired grip can be found on our website under  “Useful Aids for Arthritis Sufferers”.

You can order products direct from the Tenura website, and those who are VAT Exempt can register to buy Tenura silicone products VAT free. Free shipping is also available on all orders over £35.