Glenohumeral osteoarthritis: the therapeutic role of hyaluronic acid
published in March - April 2019 - in Il Fisioterapista - issue n.2
Massimo Bitocchi

Objective: The aim of this article was to assess the statistical data reported in the literature regarding hyaluronic acid in patients with glenohumeral osteoarthritis.
Introduction: The shoulder is the third largest joint that can be affected by the degenerative condition of osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis of the shoulder is a consequence of the destruction of the articular surface of the humeral head and glenoid, and it results in pain and loss of function. It can be primary or secondary.
Method: To this end, we searched the current literature for relevant studies, without over employing a specific methodological criterion for identifying and analyzing the literature.
Results: Statistical analysis revealed a significant difference in the Constant Shoulder score (p < 0.05) between the two groups in terms of pain reduction, in particular for patients with grade III and IV of osteoarthritis.
Conclusion: The study by Di Giacomo and de Gasperis demonstrates the efficacy and safety of infiltrative therapy with hyaluronic acid in patients with glenohumeral osteoarthritis