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Rheumatology

Comparing Approaches to ACL Tears

Dec 22, 2014

Value-based medicine has gained more attention in recent years, leading many providers and healthcare systems to focus on the cost effectiveness of services they offer. This focus is important in orth...

Resistance Exercise for Knee OA

Dec 22, 2014

Research indicates that knee pain occurring with movement due to osteoarthritis (OA) strongly predicts the need for functional assistance and is the second leading cause of disability in the United St...

ACS 2014: Predicting Joint Replacement Outcomes

Oct 30, 2014

The Particulars: In most cases, eligibility for hip and knee replacement surgery has been based largely upon the patient’s biological age. Recent research suggests, however, that a patient’s level...

Anesthesiology 2014: Anesthesiologist-Led Care for TKA Patients

Oct 14, 2014

The Particulars: The high perioperative and postoperative costs associated with total knee arthroplasty (TKA) along with increasing demand from the aging United States population is placing greater fi...

Optimizing Patient Education in Knee Osteoarthritis Care

Jul 25, 2014

The goals of knee osteoarthritis (OA) treatment are to improve health-related quality of life and limit the progression of joint damage. “The optimal management of knee OA requires that patients be ...

Vertebral Augmentation for Spinal Fractures

Jun 06, 2014

Medical management of vertebral compression fractures costs patients and healthcare systems nearly $14 billion annually, according to recent estimates. Percutaneous vertebroplasty and balloon kyphopla...

Identifying Predictors of Osteoarthritis

Apr 30, 2014

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a significant health problem, with studies suggesting that the condition affects up to 10% of men and 18% of women over the age of 60. Previous research has suggested that some ...

Total Joint Arthroplasty: Addressing Unplanned Readmissions

Apr 23, 2014

Total joint arthroplasty has become a highly successful treatment option for sufferers of hip or knee arthritis, providing pain relief and return of joint function for most patients who undergo these ...

Gender Bias in Knee Osteoarthritis

Apr 10, 2014

According to epidemiologic data, there appear to be biologically derived and behaviorally influenced disparities in knee osteoarthritis (OA) and treatment with total knee arthroplasty (TKA). Specifica...

Vitamin K Deficiency & Risk of Knee Osteoarthritis

Jan 18, 2014

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis affecting older adults in the United States. OA commonly affects the knee joint and leads to pain and lower limb functional limitations. Knee O...

Managing Fibromyalgia and Comorbid Depression

Jan 13, 2014

About 50% to 70% of fibromyalgia patients have a lifetime history of depression, many of whom take antidepressants to treat their depression. A common clinical question has been how to manage fibromya...

Guidelines for Managing Gout

Nov 26, 2013

The incidence of physician-diagnosed gout has risen over the past 20 years and now affects about 8.3 million adults in the United States. Uric acid excess has been identified as the key contributor to...

Gender Differences in Total Hip Arthroplasty

Oct 31, 2013

Research has shown that total hip arthroplasty (THA) can significantly improve function and quality of life and reduce pain. THA has yielded excellent results when assessed at 5 to 7 years after the p...

Assessing Arthritis in People With Diabetes

Sep 24, 2013

Arthritis is the most common cause of disability in the United States and is a barrier to physical activity. Recent research has suggested that arthritis may also increase the risk of diabetes. Some ...

FDA Approves Xgeva for Giant Cell Tumor of the Bone

Jun 13, 2013

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today expanded the approved use of Xgeva (denosumab) to treat adults and some adolescents with giant cell tumor of the bone (GCTB), a rare and usually non-cancero...

Diabetes: A Predictor of Severe Osteoarthritis?

Apr 24, 2013

Type 2 diabetes appears to predict the development of severe osteoarthritis, independent of age, BMI, and other risk factors, according to European investigators. The study group noted that arthroplas...

AAOS 2013: Assessing the Long-Term Benefits of THA

Mar 22, 2013

The Particulars: Data are lacking on the long-term benefits and risks of total hip arthroplasty (THA) on overall health and healthcare spending in osteoarthritic patients. Data Breakdown: For a stu...

AAOS 2013: Sexual Function Improves With THA & TKA

Mar 19, 2013

The Particulars: Previous investigations have suggested that osteoarthritis of the hip and knee affect sexual activity. The ability of total hip arthroplasty (THA) and total knee arthroplasty (TKA) to...

Educating Arthritic Patients on CVD Risks

Mar 13, 2013

British research indicates that patient education appears to play a significant role in cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factor modification in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. An 8-week cognitive...

A Look at Complications After Total Joint Arthroplasty

Mar 07, 2013

Results of a meta-analysis suggest that patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) appear to be at higher risk for dislocation following total hip arthroplasty than those with osteoarthritis who have the...