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Sensitization in Osteoarthritic Knees

This study has been completed.
Aalborg University
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Northern Orthopaedic Division, Denmark Identifier:
First received: September 19, 2006
Last updated: March 28, 2014
Last verified: March 2014

Musculoskeletal pains represent a major part of pain complaints in patients. Moreover, the treatment of musculoskeletal pain conditions by currently available drugs is not optimal (Curatolo and Bogduk 2001). Thus, deep pain is a diagnostic and therapeutic problem, and further insights into the peripheral and central neurophysiologic mechanisms are necessary to improve diagnosis and therapy and to implement a mechanism-based approach. Peripheral sensitization and central hyper excitability are, most likely the important factors for chronic musculoskeletal pain and in particular osteoarthritis (OA).

The focus of this project is to study the involvement of peripheral and central sensitization underlying deep tissue hyperalgesia and referred pain in male and female OA patients.

Adequate quantitative sensory testing assessment techniques for measuring hyper excitability are needed to investigate, in more detail the mechanisms involved in generating the sensitization in OA patients.


Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Official Title: Quantitative Assessment of Central Sensitization in Osteoarthritis Patients

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Further study details as provided by Northern Orthopaedic Division, Denmark:

Enrollment: 72
Study Start Date: September 2006
Study Completion Date: June 2009
Primary Completion Date: April 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Osteoarthritis patients scheduled for Total Knee Arthroplasty.
Osteoarthritis patients not scheduled for Total Knee Arthroplasty.
Healthy volunteers

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
Patients with knee OA

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Osteoarthritis in the knee

Exclusion Criteria:

  • No other painful conditions
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00379184

Northern Orthopaedic Division, Clinic Farsoe, Aalborg University Hospital and Aalborg University
Farsoe, Northern Jutland, Denmark
Sponsors and Collaborators
Northern Orthopaedic Division, Denmark
Aalborg University
Principal Investigator: Mogens B Laursen, MD, PhD Northern Orthopaedic Division
  More Information

Responsible Party: Northern Orthopaedic Division, Denmark Identifier: NCT00379184     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: ON-04-014-MBL
Study First Received: September 19, 2006
Last Updated: March 28, 2014

Keywords provided by Northern Orthopaedic Division, Denmark:

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Joint Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases processed this record on June 22, 2017