Fibromyalgia is more common than you think

The diagnoses and treatment of fibromyalgia, a chronic painful condition of unknown aetiology, can be challenging, says Dr Erné Richter, a rheumatologist based in Cape Town.

Lower back pain: what do the guidelines say?

The latest American College of Physicians guideline recommends the following non-invasive approach to the diagnosis and treatment of lower back pain (LBP).

The most important question in cancer pain

Pain is one of the most feared symptoms in cancer patients. Some studies show that the prevalence of pain ranges from 33% in patients after curative treatment, to 64% in patients with metastatic, advanced or terminal disease.

Adding a ‘green prescription’ to pain management

Pain, a complex and multifaceted experience, is the predominant symptom in the majority of patients with inflammatory arthritis (IA) and osteoarthritis (OA).

Migraine with aura

The International Classification of Headache Disorders defines migraine as ‘recurrent attacks, lasting minutes, of unilateral fully-reversible visual, sensory or other central nervous system symptoms that usually develop gradually.

Cramping caused by more than dehydration

This is a reworking of a presentation by Prof Martin Schwellnus, professor of Sport and Exercise Medicine at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria, at the World Congress of Internal Medicine in Cape Town.

Lower back pain relief

Recent studies show that the most frequently assessed complaint in emergency departments (ED) is non-traumatic musculoskeletal. Low back pain (LBP) is the most common, reaching a prevalence of around 15%.

Tapentadol knocks out pain

The word ‘pain’ is derived from the Latin word ‘Poena’, roughly translated as ‘punishment from God’.

Sprains and strains: An overview

Musculoskeletal injuries are synonymous with symptoms of pain.

Pharmacological treatment of osteoporosis

The National Osteoporosis Guideline Group (NOGG) in the UK has updated the clinical guidelines for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis in 2017.

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Take it till you make it

Research indicated that adherence to medication in patients with rheumatoid arthritis is low, varying from 30 to 80%.

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Hyluronans and Molecilar weight

Investigators in several preclinical studies evaluating joint-structure modification in osteoarthritis models have reported advantages to using low- to mid-MW hyaluronans.

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Codeine Care Initiative

Roxann van Rugge, Professional Trainer and Legal Advisor to the Daly Morgan Group

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A first for SA

Spec Etoricoxib is indicated for the acute use for short-term relief of acute gouty arthritis, acute pain, primary dysmenorrhea and moderate to severe acute post-operative dental surgery pain.

Myofascial pain syndrome on the increase

MFTPs are categorised clinically dependent on their type. There are two types of MFTPs – active and latent (Travell and Simons, 1999).

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