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Study of the Use of Laser Light to Treat Osteoarthritis of the Hand.

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified November 2005 by TriTech Manufacturing.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
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First received: November 11, 2005
Last updated: November 14, 2005
Last verified: November 2005
The purpose of this study is to determine whether low level light therapy is effective in the treatment of osteoarthritis of the hand, when the treatment is applied to the hand by an individual in his or her own home.

Condition Intervention
Device: Ultra Probe Laser System

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Double-Blind
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Ultra Probe Laser System Osteoarthritis of the Hand Clinical Study.

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Further study details as provided by TriTech Manufacturing:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Hand pain rating on the VAS at 10 days after treatment onset.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Hand pain rating on the VAS at 6 weeks after treatment onset,
  • Hand Range of Motion measurements at 10 days after treatment onset and at 6 weeks after treatment onset,
  • Rescue medication use at 10 days after treatment onset and at 6 weeks after treatment onset,
  • Scores on the Michigan Hand Outcomes Questionnaire at 10 days after treatment onset and at 6 weeks after treatment onset,
  • Study outcome satisfaction rating at 10 days after treatment onset and at 6 weeks after treatment onset,
  • Perceived group assignment by subjects at 10 days after treatment onset and at 6 weeks after treatment onset.

Estimated Enrollment: 100
Study Start Date: July 2005
Estimated Study Completion Date: July 2006
Detailed Description:

Osteoarthritis of the hand is a disease that breaks down the cartilage and causes formation of new bone around the joints of the hand, resulting in pain, discomfort, and often lowered ability to move the affected joints. Existing methods of treatment for osteoarthritis of the hand include oral and topical medications, physical therapy, occupational therapy, assistive device use, braces and surgery. This study is intended to evaluate the effectiveness of at-home use of a low level laser device in reducing the symptoms of osteoarthritis of the hand.

Comparison(s): Active low level laser units in addition to rescue pain medication, compared to non-active ('fake') low level laser units in addition to rescue pain medication.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Clinical and radiographic diagnosis of osteoarthritis of the hand.
  • Hand symptoms such as pain, aching and stiffness present across the prior six months.
  • Willingness to use only Tylenol to relieve hand symptoms during the study.
  • Primary spoken language is English.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Current use of narcotics, opiates, morphine, steroids.
  • Previous surgery to the hand.
  • Infection or wound in the hand.
  • Involvement in litigation, worker's compensation claim or receiving disability benefits because of osteoarthritis of the hand.
  • Participation in a research study during the prior 90 days.
  • Pregnant or lactating.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00254111

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Sponsors and Collaborators
TriTech Manufacturing
Study Director: Kevin M Walls, M.B.A., RAS Regulatory Insight, Inc.
  More Information Identifier: NCT00254111     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: TT-OAV3-70505
Study First Received: November 11, 2005
Last Updated: November 14, 2005

Keywords provided by TriTech Manufacturing:
hand pain

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Joint Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Rheumatic Diseases processed this record on April 26, 2017