Arthritis Most Recent
BSc, MD, CCFP, MHSc, FCFP
Osteoarthritis is a prevalent health condition that affects millions of people worldwide.
In spite of great effort, low back pain (LBP) remains a significant burden on society and one of the most common reasons to see a primary care provider.
In 1987, the Quebec Taskforce noted, "Distinct patterns of reliable clinical findings are the only logical basis for back pain categorization and subsequent treatment."
Back dominant pain is either intensified by flexion or is not aggravated by bending forward.
Leg dominant pain suggests direct nerve root involvement: radicular, not referred symptoms.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in older adults has a lower female-to-male ratio, and presents as either a rheumatoid factor positive typical case of RA, or an acute seronegative syndrome consisting of myalgia, fever, weight loss, and fatigue.
The two most common forms of crystal-induced arthritis among older adults are gout and calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate (CPPD) deposition disease.
Although total joint arthroplasty (TJA) is a highly effective treatment for individuals with moderate to severe osteoarthritis who have not responded to medical therapy, disparities in TJA utilization based on gender, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic status are well documented.
MD, FRCPC, FACP, AGSF
Falls are the prototype of the classic geriatric syndrome, in which one cause is rarely the issue but rather a substantial number of possible contributing factors are found.
Frozen shoulder, or adhesive capsulitis, is a frustrating condition for both patients and physicians.