Musculoskeletal Disorders

 

Rheumatology IQ: Sports Medicine for the Rheumatology Patient

February 08, 2019

The benefits of exercise to combat the effects of musculoskeletal conditions have been well-documented. Take this quiz to test your knowledge of sports and exercise medicine in rheumatology.

Patellofemoral Pain: Updated Consensus Guidelines

January 14, 2019

Symptoms persist in more than 50% of patients and may precede osteoarthritis.

NSAIDs: How Safe for High-Risk Patients?

December 19, 2018

Canadian researchers looked at the safety of short-term use in patients with hypertension, heart failure, or chronic kidney disease.

Musculoskeletal Complaints in Children Recounted

October 25, 2017

Many nontraumatic low intensity complaints in the general population do not reach the threshold for consultation.

Research Offers a More Reliable Marker for IgG4-RD

November 29, 2016

Circulating IgG4/IgG ASC percentages of greater than five percent are a more sensitive and reliable marker for disease activity in patients with IgG4-RD, researchers report.

Why Does Musculoskeletal Research Stall Before Reaching the Clinic?

December 04, 2015

Patients miss out when research in rheumatoid arthritis and other musculoskeletal disorders stalls between laboratory and clinic.

Dupuytren Referrals and Awareness Lacking, Survey Shows

November 29, 2011

Close to half (41%) of patients with Dupuytren contracture are not receiving prompt referral to a specialist, visiting their general practitioner (GP)/doctor almost 3 times before being referred, according to a Pfizer UK Limited survey of 700 GPs from 6 European countries.

First Insomnia Drug for Middle-of-the-Night Waking Receives FDA Approval

November 29, 2011

Intermezzo (zolpidem tartrate sublingual tablets) has received FDA approval for use as needed to manage insomnia.

Managing Systemic Sclerosis and Its Complications

October 10, 2011

Systemic sclerosis (SSc), or scleroderma, is a chronic connective-tissue disease that has a multitude of clinical manifestations. These authors offer a guide to recognition and pathogenesis, as well as counsel about management.

Modifiable Risk Factors Increase Total Joint Replacement Risk

October 04, 2011

Being overweight and reporting vigorous physical activity increase the risk of undergoing total joint replacement (TJR); severe osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common indicator for this procedure.

Patients Seek Active Role in Carpal Tunnel Decision Making

September 06, 2011

Patients who are to receive treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome prefer to collaborate with their physician in decision making about their medical or surgical care.

Steps to Take in Managing Metatarsalgia

September 05, 2011

Familiarity with metatarsalgia, an array of disorders that cause pain to the forefoot, enhances the clinician's ability to make the proper diagnosis.

Imaging for Elastofibroma Dorsi Diagnosis

June 30, 2011

Accurate diagnosis of elastofibroma dorsi may be achieved with a proper clinical history, knowledge of the characteristic site of the lesion, and typical imaging findings to avoid unnecessary biopsy and surgery.

Getting a Grip on Dupuytren Disease and Other Hand Conditions

May 31, 2011

A new treatment for a disabling hand condition-Dupuytren disease, or Dupuytren contracture-can restore a person’s ability to perform everyday tasks, according to Hands: Strategies for Strong, Pain-Free Hands, a new edition of the Special Health Report from Harvard Medical School. The report describes the causes of and treatments for a variety of conditions that can cause hand pain and features information on hand exercises.

Systemic Sclerosis Causes Increased Disability Over Time

May 31, 2011

Disability worsens over time in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc). Diffuse disease and severity of breathing problems are the strongest determinants of disability; others include joint pain and contractures, fatigue, and depression

Understanding Allopurinol-Induced DRESS Syndrome

May 01, 2011

Drug-induced rash with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms (DRESS) syndrome may be triggered by numerous chemically unrelated medications. Allopurinol-induced DRESS (A-DRESS) syndrome carries the highest mortality risk.

Imaging for Dupuytren contracture

January 28, 2011

In Dupuytren contracture, hyperplasia of the palmar aponeurosis induces a contracture that typically involves the fourth and fifth digits of the hand. Radiographic findings consist of flexion deformity of the proximal interphalangeal joint of the ring finger, with mild subluxation.

Physician-Patient Collaboration Best Way to Evaluate Systemic Sclerosis?

January 06, 2011

Patients who have systemic sclerosis and their physicians rate disease severity differently in magnitude and are influenced by different factors.

Meeting the challenge of chronicshoulder pain: The diagnosis

July 30, 2010

Shoulder pain is complex and difficult for even experienced clinicians to diagnose. This article reviews how to use history, simple physical tests, and imaging to distinguish rotator cuff disorders and osteoarthritis from osteonecrosis, adhesive capsulitis, labral tears, or acromioclavicular joint pathology.

Low back pain management: Making the diagnosis

July 06, 2010

The main goals of low back pain management are achieving an accurate diagnosis and implementing a targeted, cost-effective treatment plan.