Research Article
Volume 13 Issue 3 - 2022
Clinical Application of Hydrogen Molecules in the Musculoskeletal Conditions
Clinical Application of Hydrogen Molecules in the Musculoskeletal Conditions
Hong Kong Chiropractic College Foundation, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
*Corresponding Author: Lok Yan Joanne Cheng, Hong Kong Chiropractic College Foundation, Wan Chai, Hong Kong.
Received: January 21, 2022; Published: February 28, 2022




Abstract

Hydrogen is an antioxidant targeted specifically at the harmful hydroxyl and peroxynitrite. Since the landmark study by Oshawa in 2007, the number of studies on hydrogen has increased significantly. While most studies are on animals, there are some clinical studies on humans. Hydrogen-rich water and hydrogen gas have been studied as a possible treatment for chronic conditions, including certain neurodegenerative diseases, ischemia and reperfusion injury, and even cancer. Studies involving musculoskeletal disorders, however, are few. In this paper, we attempt to review the role of molecular hydrogen in managing various acute or chronic musculoskeletal conditions. Ten studies on different human musculoskeletal disorders, including soft tissue injuries, ankle sprain, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, Parkinson's disease, and myopathy, were identified. The review shows that hydrogen molecules may be an effective adjunctive treatment in managing early rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis. However, many of the studies are case reports or prospective studies, and evidence for using hydrogen in managing musculoskeletal conditions is low. Further studies are required to establish if hydrogen administration has a place in managing orthopedic and rheumatic diseases.

Keywords: Hydrogen; Musculoskeletal; Sports Injury; Rheumatoid Arthritis; Psoriasis; Parkinson's Disease

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Citation: : Lok Yan Joanne Cheng., et al. “Clinical Application of Hydrogen Molecules in the Musculoskeletal Conditions”. EC Orthopaedics 13.3 (2022) 43-48.

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