Sprifermin Improves Cartilage Thickness, but Clinical Benefit Uncertain

December 11, 2019

Intra-articular administration of sprifermin statistically increases total femorotibial joint cartilage thickness in individuals with symptomatic radiographic knee osteoarthritis, but the clinical importance and duration of the effect are uncertain, say researchers writing recently in JAMA.

Methotrexate Controls Joint Damage in Hand Osteoarthritis, Small Study Shows

November 18, 2019

The first-ever study designed to assess the effectiveness of methotrexate on hand osteoarthritis finds that while the treatment did not demonstrate superior efficacy over placebo on pain or function, it did significantly reduce the progression of joint damage.

Treatment Guidelines for Hand Osteoarthritis

November 18, 2019

In this slideshow, we revisit the "American College of Rheumatology 2012 Recommendations for the Use of Nonpharmacologic and Pharmacologic Therapies in Osteoarthritis of the Hand, Hip, and Knee." 

Researchers Try to Reverse the Aging Process for Arthritic Joints

November 13, 2019

ACR Annual Meeting:  Single intra-articular doses of UBX0101 of up to 4 mg were well-tolerated by patients with painful knee osteoarthritis, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology in Atlanta on November 12. The treatment is in development, but if it pans out, it may reduce the effects aging on arthitic joints.

Intravenous Ketamine Offers Postoperative Pain Relief After Total Knee, Hip Arthroplasty

November 05, 2019

Intravenous administration of ketamine in patients undergoing total knee or hip arthroplasty is safe and effective for postoperative pain relief and the reduction of morphine consumption without increasing the risk of gastrointestinal or psychotic adverse effects, say researchers writing in the BMJ Open last month.

Adverse Outcomes with Intra-Articular Corticosteroid Injections in OA

November 05, 2019

Intra-articular corticosteroid injections for relief of the pain of hip or knee osteoarthritis may be harmful in some patients with at-risk conditions or may cause complications that are not well understood, say researchers writing in Radiology this month.

First-Ever Guidance on CBD Use for Arthritic Pain

October 11, 2019

The Arthritis Foundation has just released the first CBD guidance for adults with arthritis. CBD, or cannabidiol, a plant-based compound, has become popular among people with arthritis seeking to ease chronic joint pain. Learn more in this slideshow.

ASBMR Issues New Recommendations for Preventing Secondary Fractures

October 10, 2019

The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research has developed clinical recommendations for the prevention of secondary fractures for patients aged 65 years and older after an initial hip or vertebral fracture. The recommendations were published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research last month.

Social Support May Help Joint Replacement Outcomes

October 10, 2019

Social support may be a prognostic factor for some joint-specific and general health outcomes after hip or knee replacement, say researchers writing in The Lancet Rheumatology this month.

New Osteoporosis Guidelines Support Multi-Disciplinary Treatment

September 23, 2019

Bone fracture patients should be managed by a multi-disciplinary clinical team that includes case management to ensure that patients are being properly and fully evaluated and treated for osteoporosis and the risk of future fractures, according to clinical recommendations issued on Friday by the a international group of experts speaking at the annual American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) meeting that took place over the weekend in Orlando.