Hormone therapy may relieve arthritis

March 30, 2010 10:08:42 AM PDT
New research suggests hormone replacement therapy may relieve arthritis.¶

¶ The latest findings are from a new German study. Researchers suggest hormone replacement directed to joint fluid may help regenerate damaged cartilage in people with osteoarthritis.

Doctors examined tissue samples of 372 men and women with arthritis who had had a total knee replacement. Within their joint fluid, doctors discovered a form of estrogen they said increases calcium deposition in both sexes.

Doctors isolated cells in 95 percent of the women and 96 percent of the men, making the cells a good target for therapeutic intervention.

The study appears in the April issue of Arthritis and Rheumatism.