Annals of Internal Medicine June, 2023
Study Design: Exploratory Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT); 5522 patients at 43 Centers in Australia and the Netherlands
What’s Interesting about this article?
- Osteoarthritis is the most common joint disease world-wide, yet no drugs are available to prevent the disease from progressing.
- Colchicine has been used for many years to treat gout, but has not been tried in osteoarthritis patients.
- This study found that low dose colchicine resulted in fewer knee and hip replacements in Australia and the Netherlands.
Anti-inflammatories and exercise may help relieve the pain and disability of OA, but colchicine may actually slow the disease progression and remove the need for surgery.
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