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December 11, 2017
Limbrel (bioflavonoids and zinc glycinate) is a medical food that has an indication for the dietary treatment of swelling, stiffness, and joint discomfort associated with osteoarthritis. The flavonoids used in Limbrel include baicalin and catechin. Limbrel has the benefit of being unassociated with aspirin sensitivity that precludes the use of all nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents. On […]
September 12, 2017
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) are medicines that are used for the treatment of a wide range of musculoskeletal illnesses including spinal disorders, osteoarthritis and inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. NSAIDs effectively relieve pain, inflammation, and fever. A number of treatment guidelines for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and chronic low back pain recommend the use of NSAIDs […]
September 11, 2017
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis that occurs as the musculoskeletal system ages. As the joint cartilage thins, the increasing pressures on the joints results in bone spur formation (osteophytes) and increasing irritation to the nerves that supply sensation to the joint structures. The apophyseal or facet joints guide movement in the lumbar […]
January 12, 2017
The European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) have published an update to their 2007 recommendations for the management of early arthritis. This committee strongly recommends early referral to a rheumatologist and early non pharmacologic interventions including smoking cessation, dental care, weight control, vaccination assessment, and comorbidity management. Patients should understand that these are a professional organization’s […]
December 20, 2016
By Tom Macek, M.D. The holidays are a time when everyone is encouraged to be of good cheer. But this joyous time of year is a lot less merry for those suffering from chronic bad backs, migraines, arthritis and other pain-inducing ailments. “Any kind of pain can seriously affect your quality of life,” says Dr. […]
November 16, 2016
By David Borenstein MD, Executive Editor, theSpineCommunity.com Prescription opioid or narcotic use is associated with an increasing number of deaths with approximately 20,000 victims in 2014 according to the National Center for Health Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These unfortunate deaths have brought into question the benefit of opioid analgesics in […]
November 15, 2016
The results of a just released new study provide some reassurance to arthritis sufferers who want pain relief but have been worried about side effects. It finds that Celebrex, a drug similar to ones withdrawn 12 years ago for safety reasons, is no riskier for the heart than some other prescription pain pills that are […]