The CDC recommends non-opioid alternatives for chronic pain, but some alternatives are more effective than others and some can be harmful. In this slideshow, we review the evidence.(©SteveHeap/Shutterstock.com)
Arthritis Numbers Just the Tip of the Iceberg
Previous figures underestimated the burden of arthritis, especially among younger adults.
Opioid Use for Osteoarthritis Is Prevalent
A large percentage of patients with advanced knee, hip, or spine OA take opioids for their chronic pain.
Osteoarthritis Knee Pain Connected to BMD
Low proximal tibial trabecular bone mineral density may play a role in its development.
Arthritis Tracking Web and Mobile App Hits Recruitment Mark
The first patient-led, patient-centered research registry for joint, bone, and inflammatory skin conditions enrolls 11,000 patients.
7 Osteoarthritis Imaging Recommendations
EULAR’s evidence-based guidelines cover the use of imaging in the clinical management of peripheral joint OA.
New Osteoarthritis Algorithm Based on Cartilage Degeneration
The disease progression prediction tool could facilitate clinical decision-making and delay total knee replacement surgery.
Ibuprofen Elevates Blood Pressure in Arthritis
Hypertension goes up more than with celecoxib in patients who are at increased risk for cardiovascular disease.
Osteoarthritis is More Than Wear and Tear
In contrast to the inevitability of aging, modifiable postindustrial-era risk factors could signal that the disease is preventable.
Chondroitin Sulfate Equals Celecoxib for Knee Osteoarthritis
This pharmaceutical-grade formulation should be considered a first-line treatment, European study authors concluded.
Knee Pain, Not Radiographic Osteoarthritis, Key to Widespread Pain
New findings support further exploration of mechanism-based management of pain as a disease unto itself.