Clinical Guidelines

EULAR Issues Recommendations for Knee OA Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections

June 11, 2020

An expert consensus on the first clinical practice recommendations for platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections in knee osteoarthritis was presented at the European Congress of Rheumatology annual meeting.

EULAR COVID-19 Recommendations Say Continue Medications, but Vaccinate

June 09, 2020

EULAR has issued treatment recommendations for patients with rheumatic and musculoskeletal conditions with SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19. A task force of 20 physicians settled on five overarching principles and 13 recommendations, which are similar to COVID-19 treatment guidelines issued by ACR in April-with slight variations.

Treat-to-target With Urate Lowering Therapy Recommended for All Gout Patients

May 19, 2020

The American College of Rheumatology has issued new treatment guidelines for gout strongly supporting a treat-to-target strategy for urate lowing therapy with a serum urate target of less than 6 mg/dl.

The 2020 Treatment Guidelines for Gout

May 19, 2020

The American College of Rheumatology has updated its treatment guidelines for gout. The guideline includes 42 treatment recommendations, of which 16 are  now strongly recommended. They address standard treat-to-target urate lowering therapy, the use of allopurinol and more. In this slideshow, we highlight the 16 strongest recommendations. 

Guideline Update: Romosozumab in Osteoporosis

March 31, 2020

New treatment guidelines for osteoporosis from the Endocrine Society now include romosozumab for postmenopausal women with severe osteoporosis. Learn more in this report.

20 Key Takeaways From the Rheumatology Pregnancy Guidelines

February 28, 2020

Most women with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases will have successful pregnancies with the aid of medical planning, treatment and monitoring. These can be high risk pregnancies for both mother and child. The American College of Rheumatology recently issued treatment guidelines for the management of reproductive health in patients with rheumatic or musculoskeletal disease. Here are takeaways from the guidelines.

Treatment Guidelines Issued for Reproductive Health in Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases

February 25, 2020

New this week: The American College of Rheumatology has issued treatment guidelines for the management of reproductive health in rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. They include 12 ungraded good practice statements and 131 graded recommendations for all female patients considering becoming pregnant.

Drug and Nondrug Approaches for Treating Osteoarthritis

January 10, 2020

Updated treatment guidelines for hand, hip and knee osteoarthritis have been issued. In this slideshow, we highlight recommendations for the use (or not) of drug and nondrug treatments. These include strong recommendations for standard treatment options, such as weight loss and Tai Chi, and strong recommendations against treatments with pharmacologicals, such as glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate (except for hand osteoarthritis). Learn more in this slideshow.

Tai-Chi, Topical Capsaicin Among the New Treatment Recommendations for Osteoarthritis

January 08, 2020

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR), in partnership with the Arthritis Foundation, has issued treatment guidelines for osteoarthritis of the hand, hip and knee. This is the first update since 2012.

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." 

3 Key Messages You Shouldn't Forget When Treating Fracture Patients

October 11, 2019

The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research has developed a set of treatment recommendations for the prevention of secondary fracture in patients 65 years and older who have had a hip or vertebral fracture. There are 13 recommendations. In this slideshow, we highlight the recommendations beginning with improved doctor-patient communication.

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.

Spondyloarthritis Lesions Redefined by Physician Group

October 02, 2019

An international physician group writing in the British journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, has updated recommended parameters that constitute lesions in the sacroiliac joints of patients with spondyloarthritis. The definitions of capsulitis, enthesitis, fat lesion and erosion were revised and new definitions were developed for joint space enhancement, joint space fluid, fat metaplasia in an erosion cavity, ankylosis and bone bud.

How Best to Assess Spondyloarthritis Lesions

October 02, 2019

In this slideshow, we highlight 12 recommendations for assessing MRI lesions on the sacroiliac joints of patients with spondyloarthritis. The recommendations were made by the Assessment of Spondyloarthritis International Society (ASAS) MRI working group and published in the British journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases earlier this year. 

Treatment Guidelines for Ankylosing Spondylitis and Non-Radiographic Axial Spondyloarthritis

September 05, 2019

Updated treatment recommendations have been issued for ankylosing spondylitis and non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis. There are 86 recommendations. In this slideshow, we highlight those categorized as "strongly recommended." 

EULAR Updates Guidelines for Large Vessel Vasculitis

July 19, 2019

The European League Against Rheumatism has updated treatment guidelines for the management of large vessel vasculitis. Among the changes, the task force no longer recommends the routine use of antiplatelet or anticoagulant therapy. Learn more in this slideshow.

EULAR/ACR Treatment Guidelines for Polymyalgia Rheumatica

July 16, 2019

Polymyalgia rheumatica treatment varies significantly in glucocorticoid dosages, tapering strategies and DMARD use. EULAR and ACR have published treatment recommendations. In this slideshow, we highlight the recommendations.

EULAR Treatment Recommendations for the Blood Clotting Disorder APS

July 09, 2019

EULAR has issued new treatment guidelines for antiphospholipid syndrome, a disorder of the immune system that causes blood clots. Among the recommendations, high risk individuals who carry the antiphospholipid antibody should take low-dose aspirin, even if they are asymptomatic. This also applies to systemic lupus erythematosus patients and women with a history of obstetric antiphospholipid syndrome.

New Guidelines Recommend Early Treatment with DMARDs for JIA Polyarthritis

May 31, 2019

Early treatment with DMARDs for juvenile idiopathic arthritis polyarthritis is now preferred over beginning patients on NSAID monotherapy, per updated treatment guidelines. 

ACR Updates Juvenile Arthritis Treatment Recommendations

May 31, 2019

The American College of Rheumatology and the Arthritis Foundation have updated the 2013 treatment guidelines for juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), which includes juvenile  non-systemic  polyarthritis,  sacroiliitis, and enthesitis. In this slideshow, we highlight the recommendations.