Novel implant for small joint arthritis
The prevalence of small joint arthritis in the hands and feet is on the rise due to population ageing. Young adults are also becoming increasingly vulnerable to finger joint arthritis from the extended use of computers and other electronic devices. Currently available artificial joints are invasive, tissue sacrificing, and do not restore natural kinematics. As one of the goals of modern society is independent living during ageing, new reliable methods are needed to treat joint arthritis. The EU-funded APRICOT project proposes an advanced self-lubricating compliant implant that is minimally invasive, suitable for any age group, and preserves almost all bone and soft tissue. The project will prove the concept, supporting the development of a revolutionary treatment for small joint arthritis.
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