Richard Loeser discusses osteoarthritis research in podcast

Richard Loeser, MD, of the Thurston Arthritis Research Center, explains his work in the latest Department of Medicine Chair’s Corner podcast interview with Ron Falk, MD. The first segment of their conversation focuses on his research in reactive oxygen species, and in the second segment, Loeser answers questions on the treatment and prevention of osteoarthritis.

Richard Loeser discusses osteoarthritis research in podcast click to enlarge Richard Loeser, MD
Richard Loeser discusses osteoarthritis research in podcast click to enlarge Ron Falk, MD
"The drugs that are available right now, they are fairly good at helping to control pain. But they don’t really affect the disease progression. Nonsteroidals will definitely help reduce pain, but then, of course, they have side effects. 

"You can get just about as much benefit by doing exercises. So by strengthening the muscles that help support the joint, you can get just as much pain relief, plus more improvement in function than you can by taking nonsteroidals.
" - Richard Loeser, MD, on pain relief of osteoarthritis

The Thurston Arthritis Research Center’s Richard Loeser conducts research to understand more about osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis that damages the joints. One major focus of his research is on reactive oxygen species and how they play a role in the development and progression of arthritis.

Loeser explains his work in this area in the latest Department of Medicine Chair’s Corner podcast in an interview with Ron Falk. The first segment of their conversation focuses on his research in reactive oxygen species, and in the second segment, Loeser answers questions on the treatment and prevention of osteoarthritis.

Loeser is the Herman and Louise Smith Distinguished Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy, and Immunology, and he is the director of the Basic and Translational component of the Thurston Arthritis Center.

Visit the Department of Medicine Chair’s Corner to listen to this podcast.

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