Despite being a chronic condition, like diabetes or cardiovascular disease, osteoarthritis isn’t treated as such, says Joanne M. Jordan, MD, director of the University of North Carolina's Thurston Arthritis Research Center.
Lower back pain is an extremely common condition that all rheumatologists should become experts in and can be relatively easy to treat since the vast majority of patients will respond to conservative care, according to Rajiv Dixit, MD.
Patients need to be taught better about what it means to have gout and understand that it is an ongoing disease, according to Theodore Fields, MD. Even if the patient’s acute attack is treated, they can gradually get worse if the uric acid isn't brought down.
Lower back pain is the second most common cause for someone to see a physician. Rajiv Dixit, MD, attributes how common the condition is to the degenerative process that is common in the lumbar spine; however it has been hard to explain why that is.
A clinical diagnosis of osteoarthritis is made by physicians based on an examination of a patient’s joints. Rather than getting X-rays, physicians more likely rule out other things that are going on, according to Joanne M. Jordan, MD.
With comorbidities being common in rheumatology, it isn’t reasonable for everyone in a trial to be healthy except for the disease state being studied, according to Lee S. Simon, MD, principal with SDG, LLC.
Lee S. Simon, MD, principal with SDG, LLC, and former FDA division director of Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory and Ophthalmologic Drug Products, discusses how to analyze trial data on a new drug and what to pay attention to in the methodology section.