The Journal of Musculoskeletal Medicine Vol 27 No 11

Management of Lupus in 2010: How Close are the Biologics?

November 01, 2010

The classic therapies for patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) often have significant toxicity. Corticosteroids provide a critical intervention when the disease is organ- or life-threatening, but the potential adverse effects are numerous.

Meeting the challenge of chronic shoulder pain: Treatment

October 30, 2010

Chronic shoulder pain has a variety of causes, and treatment is multifaceted. Physical therapy typically is the first step; therapy for osteoarthritis (OA) should strike a balance between regaining and maintaining motion and strength and avoiding aggravation of the patient’s condition.

Physicians misguided about misuse of opioids?

October 29, 2010

A majority of physicians think that only a small number of their patients misuse or abuse opioid analgesics obtained from a prescription and just more than half think that most cases of opioid abuse do not involve tampering with the medication’s delivery system, according to a national survey sponsored by the American Pain Foundation (APF).

Physician consensus and case analysis help establish new RA criteria

October 28, 2010

American College of Rheumatology and European League Against Rheumatism investigators who developed new classification criteria for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) used a consensus-based, decision analysis approach during phase 2 that included evaluation of case scenarios to identify predictive factors for persistent inflammatory or erosive arthritis.

Rehabilitation spells rheumatologic relief

October 27, 2010

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) observed the occasion by encouraging persons who have arthritis and other rheumatologic diseases to discover the benefits of rehabilitation with a physical therapist, whose primary roles are to help patients prevent disability and achieve optimal function and pain relief.