BACKGROUND: this retrospective open label study evaluates the efficacy and tolerability of intra-articular injections of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) (MW 500-730 KDa - Hyalgan®) for the treatment of pain and disability of trapeziometacarpal joint osteoarthritis (TMCJ OA). METHODS: fifty eight patients, 50 females (86%) and 8 male (14%), aged between 40-75 years, suffering from TMCJ OA according to Kellgren-Laurence grades 2-3 on standard plain radiography, were included. Patients with known inflammatory arthritis, previous thumb trauma and intra-articular (i.a.) injections with corticosteroids were excluded. Primary endpoints were: pain (VAS), NSAID intake, radial and palmar ab-/adduction, pinch strength. All patients received an i.a. injection of 0.8 mL of HA (MW 500-730 KDa) once weekly for three weeks. Control examinations were carried out at 1, 3, and 6 months. RESULTS: intra-articular HA injections have significantly reduced spontaneous and provoked pain and improved hand mobility. At 1,3, and 6 months from baseline, the spontaneous and provoked pain revealed a statistically significant improvement (p<0,0001). NSAID's intake evidenced a statistically significant reduction against baseline (p<0.017). The adverse events (21%) were related to local symptoms such as pain during or following HA administration. CONCLUSIONS: this study shows that i.a. HA injections for TMCJ OA can induce a significant improvement of function associated to stiffness decrease and pain relief.

Six-months pain relief and functional recovery after intra-articular injections with hyaluronic acid (mw 500-730 KDa) in trapeziometacarpal osteoarthritis.

MAFFULLI, Nicola;
2014

Abstract

BACKGROUND: this retrospective open label study evaluates the efficacy and tolerability of intra-articular injections of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) (MW 500-730 KDa - Hyalgan®) for the treatment of pain and disability of trapeziometacarpal joint osteoarthritis (TMCJ OA). METHODS: fifty eight patients, 50 females (86%) and 8 male (14%), aged between 40-75 years, suffering from TMCJ OA according to Kellgren-Laurence grades 2-3 on standard plain radiography, were included. Patients with known inflammatory arthritis, previous thumb trauma and intra-articular (i.a.) injections with corticosteroids were excluded. Primary endpoints were: pain (VAS), NSAID intake, radial and palmar ab-/adduction, pinch strength. All patients received an i.a. injection of 0.8 mL of HA (MW 500-730 KDa) once weekly for three weeks. Control examinations were carried out at 1, 3, and 6 months. RESULTS: intra-articular HA injections have significantly reduced spontaneous and provoked pain and improved hand mobility. At 1,3, and 6 months from baseline, the spontaneous and provoked pain revealed a statistically significant improvement (p<0,0001). NSAID's intake evidenced a statistically significant reduction against baseline (p<0.017). The adverse events (21%) were related to local symptoms such as pain during or following HA administration. CONCLUSIONS: this study shows that i.a. HA injections for TMCJ OA can induce a significant improvement of function associated to stiffness decrease and pain relief.
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