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The Journal of Musculoskeletal Medicine Vol 26 No 1

Evaluating edema of the hands

March 19, 2009

Hand edema, or “puffy hand syndrome,”is seen frequently in primary care practice, and given its broad differential diagnosis (Table), presents physicians a significant diagnostic challenge. Causes range from iatrogenic ones to end-organ disease.1

Knee osteoarthritis treatment update: New clinical practice guideline

March 15, 2009

Treatment for patients who have osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee always should be tailored to individual patients after they have had discussions with their physician, according to a new American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) guideline.

Barriers are biggest predictor of adherence in fibromyalgia treatment

March 14, 2009

The main predictor of adherence to a multimodal treatment program for patients with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is barriers, such as lack of time, too much effort, stressful events, and fatigue. Because barriers are important for adherence and adherence is related to outcomes, using a questionnaire about barriers is recommended as a basis for discussing them with patients.

Myositis Assessment Tool is Reliable and Valid

March 13, 2009

The Myositis Disease Activity Assessment Tool, with improvements made with modification, appears to be a reliable and valid instrument for assessing myositis disease activity. The tool represents the first major attempt to assess the reliability and validity of an activity index in myositis.