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February 10, 2017
Make the most of your time with your rheumatologist by understanding the content and flow of a typical appointment. By Diana Price Shannon Wylie was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in 1978; she was four years old. Since the diagnosis the San Antonio, Texas, resident has used a wide range of medications and has undergone […]
January 30, 2017
DAVID BORENSTEIN, MD EXECUTIVE EDITOR THESPINECOMMUNITY.COM The results of the PRECISION trial (Prospective Randomized Evaluation of Celecoxib Integrated Safety versus Ibuprofen or Naproxen) were published in the New England Journal of Medicine in the last issue of 2016.1 The clinical trial took 15 years from inception to publication. The findings of the study appear to […]
January 29, 2017
Lower Your Risk For Back Pain With Prevention The concept of prevention does not have a great track record, and this dismal situation is true not only for back pain but for most health issues. It’s really quite simple. Healthy people lack motivation to participate in preventive activities. They wait until they have their back […]
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 26, 2016
There are things you can do if your health plan won’t pay for your medical treatment or delays your care. Health insurance companies can take a number of steps to control their costs. This can mean your health plan won’t cover certain treatments prescribed by your health care provider or the plan requires you to […]
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 […]