Osteoarthritis

Long-term type 1 diabetes not associated with hand osteoarthritis

Long-term type 1 diabetes not associated with hand osteoarthritis

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However, long-term type 1 diabetes is associated with hand pain, disability, and stiffness.

Weight loss leads to lower cartilage degeneration in osteoarthritis

Weight loss leads to lower cartilage degeneration in osteoarthritis

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Patients who lost weight over a 48-month period had a lower rate of cartilage degeneration than patients who maintained stable weight.

Opioid use before TKA causes less pain relief

Opioid use before TKA causes less pain relief

Clinicians should consider limiting pre-TKA opioid prescriptions to optimize the benefits of TKA.

Fiber and chondroitin may reduce knee pain in osteoarthritis

Fiber and chondroitin may reduce knee pain in osteoarthritis

The researchers found that people who ate the most fiber were at lower risk of developing osteoarthritis knee pain.

Hand osteoarthritis will affect about 40% of people

Hand osteoarthritis will affect about 40% of people

Excess weight was also a risk factor for hand arthritis, according to the researchers.

Knee arthroscopy rates for osteoarthritis decrease in the United States

Knee arthroscopy rates for osteoarthritis decrease in the United States

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However, overall age and rates of knee arthroscopy increased between 1998 and 2006.

FDA approves radiofrequency treatment for osteoarthritis knee pain

FDA approves radiofrequency treatment for osteoarthritis knee pain

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The FDA has cleared Halyard Health's COOLIEF Radiofrequency Treatment for relief of chronic osteoarthritis knee pain.

Metabolic syndrome not linked to knee osteoarthritis

Metabolic syndrome not linked to knee osteoarthritis

Researchers found no association between metabolic syndrome and incident knee osteoarthritis.

Inpatient rehabilitation may not improve mobility in total knee arthroplasty

Inpatient rehabilitation may not improve mobility in total knee arthroplasty

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Researchers conducted a randomized controlled trial to determine whether inpatient rehabilitation provided greater improvements compared with a monitored home-based program alone.

Total knee replacement for osteoarthritis has minimal effect on quality of life

Total knee replacement for osteoarthritis has minimal effect on quality of life

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Data from the Osteoarthritis Initiative show that total knee replacement has minimal effects on quality of life among patients with knee osteoarthritis.

Radiofrequency treatment effective for refractory chronic joint pain

Radiofrequency treatment effective for refractory chronic joint pain

Radiofrequency treatment is an effective option for treating refractory chronic knee, hip, and shoulder joint pain.

Knee osteoarthritis linked to increased risk of hypertension

Knee osteoarthritis linked to increased risk of hypertension

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Researchers observed a higher incidence of hypertension in patients with knee osteoarthritis compared with patients without osteoarthritis.

Overweight, obese patients have increased osteoarthritis risk

Overweight, obese patients have increased osteoarthritis risk

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The risk of developing hand, hip, and knee osteoarthritis is increased in people who are overweight or obese.

Osteoarthritis: conservative treatment options

Osteoarthritis: conservative treatment options

Osteoarthritis is one of the most common problems encountered in primary care, and conservative treatment can improve patients' quality of life.

Radiographs not reliable for detecting hip osteoarthritis

Radiographs not reliable for detecting hip osteoarthritis

In two osteoarthritis studies, radiographs correctly detected hip OA in only a fraction of patients.

Gap exists between patients, clinicians in osteoarthritis care

Gap exists between patients, clinicians in osteoarthritis care

For osteoarthritis care, complexity, dissonance, and prioritization are three barriers in clinician and patient communication.

Intra-articular injections
 for severe osteoarthritis


Intra-articular injections
 for severe osteoarthritis


For patients with severe osteoarthritis, dangling their legs can help with intra-articular injections.

Methylsulfonylmethane may alleviate osteoarthritis burden

Methylsulfonylmethane may alleviate osteoarthritis burden

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Methylsulfonylmethane may help treat osteoarthritis and may eventually create a way to detect melanoma.

Long-term NSAID use linked to improvements in knee osteoarthritis

Long-term NSAID use linked to improvements in knee osteoarthritis

Improvements in pain, stiffness, physical function, and in knee joint space width were found with long-term NSAID use in patients with knee osteoarthritis.

Drinking milk slows arthritis progression in women

Drinking milk slows arthritis progression in women

There was no significant association between milk intake and knee osteoarthritis in men.

Physical therapy adequate first Tx for osteoarthritis with meniscal tear

Physical therapy adequate first Tx for osteoarthritis with meniscal tear

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Physical therapy associated with functional improvements similar to surgery for patients with meniscal tear and knee osteoarthritis.

Cardiac complications more likely with lumbar fusion vs. decompression

Cardiac complications more likely with lumbar fusion vs. decompression

Excess complications result in more hospitalizations, greater costs and higher mortality.

Acupuncture best for chronic low back pain and osteoarthritis management

Acupuncture best for chronic low back pain and osteoarthritis management

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The National Institutes of Health noted that there is enough scientific evidence of acupuncture's efficacy to warrant its use in certain clinical situations.

Disability in low back pain patients multifactorial

Disability in low back pain patients multifactorial

Researchers have identified several baseline factors that may predict pain-related disability at one year.

A new understanding of 
osteoarthritis

A new understanding of 
osteoarthritis

Ongoing research and new developments hold promise for altering 
osteoarthritis and go beyond simply treating the symptoms.

Pain management: Lessons from patients

Pain management: Lessons from patients

These women experienced debilitating pain episodes that challenged even the most knowledgeable clinicians. You can learn from their case histories.

Pain relievers may increase bleeding

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A combination of ibuprofen and acetaminophen can relieve chronic knee pain — including that caused by osteoarthritis — but at the cost of increased side effects, mainly GI bleeding.

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