A new gel rubbed into the skin of arthritis sufferers twice a day may alleviate pain by up to 40 per cent,researchers claim.
The gel,Flexiseq,is said to ease pain,restore mobility and protect against further damage from arthritis when rubbed on the affected parts.
Osteoarthritis can cause pain in the hands,spine,knees and hips when bones rub against each other as cartilage breaks down.
Researchers said the gel has no side-effects such as stomach complaints or heart problems that some treatments can cause,’Daily Express’ reported. The new study was a phase III trial of 1,300 patients suffering moderate pain from osteoarthritis.
At the end of the 12-week trial,238 patients who applied Flexiseq twice a day reported a 39.8 per cent average reduction in pain.
“Most people with osteoarthritis live with chronic pain that interferes with their daily activities,” research leader Professor Philip Conaghan,of the University of Leeds,said.
“Many can’t take or can’t tolerate current oral analgesics because of side-effects. There is therefore a huge un-met need for effective and safe analgesics for osteoarthritis. “The new study is interesting because it suggests that am novel topical therapy,that doesn’t include a topical anti-inflammatory drug,may help osteoarthritis pain and mobility,” Conaghan said.
Flexiseq creates a natural lubricant for affected joints and is as good at relieving pain as the commonly-prescribed tablet Celecoxib,researchers said. The benefits of the gel are said to build-up over time,meaning patients may eventually need to apply it just once am day to stay pain-free. mThe study was published in the journal Rheumatology.