How to get a quick and painless fix to pain from a hot spot
HOT SPRINGS, Ohio — There’s nothing like a hot summer to ease the pressure on your joints, and a new treatment is being touted by pain specialists as an answer.
Purdue University researchers say they’ve found a new way to help people with painful joints by treating hot spots.
The researchers say the therapy works with a protein known as PHA that is present in hot spots, the area around the joint that’s inflamed.
Painkillers like ibuprofen, acetaminophen and naproxen work well at relieving pain, but some of the other medicines may not be effective for the hot spots that often flare up.
Instead, the researchers have developed a new formulation of PHA to target the hot spot and deliver its chemical response, which can relieve pain without needing painkillers.
In other words, patients can have a hot patch in one spot, and painkillers in another.
“The more you target the heat-activated PHA, the more it will work, and the more effective it is,” said lead author Robert D. Wiese, a professor of medicine and biomedical engineering.
“The idea is to target these hot spots with a lot of PEA, the same molecule that causes the pain.”
The therapy was developed by Purdue University and researchers from Ohio State University.
It was developed for patients with inflamed joints.
To make the treatment work, researchers coated a powder of the protein with the drug acetaminobutyric acid (AABA) and injected it into the area.
After six weeks, the injection was repeated, and they saw the injection results improve by 40 percent, Wieses said.
As long as patients don’t have a high blood pressure, heart rate, blood pressure cuff, skin temperature, breathing rate or any other symptoms that could trigger an allergic reaction, they should be able to receive the treatment, Wieses said.
He said the dosage and timing of the injections will depend on the severity of the pain and the patient’s history of hot spots over time.
Patients should be monitored closely and monitored for at least six weeks.
For people with pain-related conditions like arthritis, a hot patches could be a great option.
It’s also important to watch for any side effects or side effects that might worsen the treatment after six weeks and keep them under control, Wiedes said, adding that the pain is usually controlled with painkillers and other medications.
Wiese and his colleagues plan to study how long the treatment lasts.
While the treatment is promising, there are many other options for pain relief, including acupuncture, massage, heat and hot spot treatments.