(EXPRESS) — Scientists have created a quick test which could end the agony of millions of people crippled by arthritis.
In a major breakthrough they have found how to detect osteoarthritis even before patients begin suffering from the tell-tale symptoms and predict who the disease will strike.
The simple procedure – which can work on just a single drop of fluid from a patient’s joint – offers the hope of faster-acting remedies and even one day wiping out the devastating degenerative condition for good. Predicting who will be struck by the disease means ways can be found to stop it forming, sparing millions from daily agony and having to endure joint replacements. It would also save the NHS billions each year.