Are pain pumps to blame for chondrolysis?
Free Pain Pump Chondrolysis Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one has a pain pump and subsequently developed chondrolysis, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.
What is Chondrolysis?
Chondrolysis is the disappearance of articular cartilage as the result of the disintegration or dissolution of the cartilage matrix and cells. Chondrolysis is often characterized by progressive destruction of articular cartilage, resulting in joint narrowing and stiffness. Recent studies suggest that chondrolysis may be linked to the use of intra-articular pain pumps.
Studies Link Rare Ailment to Pain Pumps
When the first cases popped up in orthopedic journals, they read like medical mysteries. Surgeons around the country reported that several active young patients had suddenly developed chondrolysis. To date, the condition has ended the athletic careers of dozens of high school and college students. In the most severe cases, it has required joint replacements. Many sufferers face lifetimes of pain and disability.
One study, conducted by The American Journal of Sports Medicine, identified intra-articular pain pumps as the likely cause of a condition known as postarthroscopic glenohumeral chondrolysis, or PAGCL.
Dr. Charles Beck, a well-respected orthopedic surgeon, has gone so far as to issue a warning to other surgeons that these pain pumps are potentially dangerous and may be directly related to chondrolysis.
Whether the pumps caused the chondrolysis — and whether manufacturers should have done more to warn surgeons about the potential risks — is the subject of more than 150 lawsuits working their way through state and federal courts.
Contact a Pain Pump Chondrolysis Lawyer
Schmidt & Clark, LLP is currently accepting new pain pump chondrolysis cases throughout the entire United States. Our Personal Injury & Product Liability Litigation Group consists of highly experienced trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in pain pump injury lawsuits.
Again, if you or a loved one has a pain pump and subsequently developed chondrolysis, you should contact our law firm immediately by using the form below. You may be entitled to compensation and we can help.