(OARSI2015) Researchers can now describe how osteoarthritis patients may become sensitized to feel pain beyond the affected joint. Different brain areas are triggered than in fibromyalgia, and biochemical studies offer clues to new kinds of pain relief.
(OARSI2015) A new systematic review found intra-articular hyaluronic acid mildly effective for knee osteoarthritis pain, despite significant weaknesses and risks of bias in the trials. Another study using a large database found that the injections delay knee replacement.
(OARSI2015) Musculoskeletal signs predict which patients will do poorly after joint replacement surgery, but the Medicare agency does not include these in rating hospitals. The information could also be useful for surgeons and patients, says this investigator.
Arthroplasty takes another hit: A group from Finland reports that, besides being no better for shoulder impingement syndrome than an exercise program, it doesn't help those who gain no relief from the physical therapy.