Though different sets of treatment recommendations for knee osteoarthritis send conflicting messages to practicing physicians, James W. Atchison, DO, pointed out that the guidelines focus solely on the knee, while pain management specialists focus on the whole person.
Predictors of widespread pain have been identified among older adults and include non-restorative sleep, cognitive impairment, anxiety, and physical health, according to a study published online Feb. 13 in Arthritis & Rheumatism.
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.
According to the authors of a recent study, almost 50% of patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) say they have chronic pain, and over 75% of them rate it as being moderate to severe.
While many of the current treatments for osteoarthritis influence symptoms, the future needs to lean toward finding disease-modifying treatments, according to Joanne M. Jordan, MD.
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.