This health video will focus on a new treatment to help those that suffer from shoulder pain.
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Jennifer Matthews: As CFO of a $500 million corporation, John Grampa is always on the go. John Grampa: Meetings, phone calls, impromptu meetings. Jennifer Matthews: Not much slows him down. John Gramps: Always folks comment that I don't know how to relax or rest. Jennifer Matthews: But osteoarthritis in his shoulder forced john do a little less. John Gramps: Simple things like using my right arm to wash a car, I can't do. Jennifer Matthews: Osteoarthritis occurs when cartilage that cushions the joint wears away. The result can be bone against bone. Rheumatologist Michele Hooper is looking for a way to treat the injured joint. Dr. Michele Hooper: HA may be able to restore some of this health to the joint and provide first and foremost, pain relief. Jennifer Matthews: HA is Hyaluronic Acid. It works like a lubricant plus other benefits. Dr. Michele Hooper: It contributes to the nourishment, the wellness of the cartilage, and it protects it from the outside molecules, inflammatory molecules that might be harmful to it. Jennifer Matthews: It has shown success in knees. Now doctors are testing it in the shoulder. Dr. Michele Hooper: We'll actually freeze the skin right out here and with the same needle, then just inject into the shoulder joint itself the HA. Jennifer Matthews: With surgery as his only other option, John is putting his money on the new treatment. John Gramps: If it's successful in the knee, there seems to be no reason, why a logical reason why it wouldn't help someone with the shoulder problem. Jennifer Matthews: This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.