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Nonoperative Management of Cervical Radiculopathy - American Family Physician

May 1, 2016 - Cervical radiculopathy describes pain in one or both of the upper extremities, often in the setting of neck pain, secondary to compression or irritation of nerve roots in the cervical spine. It can be accompanied by motor, sensory, or reflex deficits and is most prevalent in persons 50 ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0501/p746.html

Acute Hand Infections - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2019 - Acute hand infections are often caused by puncture wounds and are generally classified into superficial or deep infections. Superficial infections occur in the skin and subcutaneous tissues, whereas deep infections can involve the tendon sheaths, adjacent anatomic compartments, deep ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0215/p228.html

Management of Chronic Tendon Injuries - American Family Physician

Aug 1, 2019 - Chronic tendon injuries are common athletic and occupational injuries that account for many physician visits. Tendons have a complex biology that provides a unique combination of strength, flexibility, and elasticity but also predisposes them to injury. The term tendinopathy is ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0801/p147.html

Manipulative Therapies: What Works - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2019 - Manipulative therapies include osteopathic manipulative treatment and many other forms of manual therapies used to manage a variety of conditions in adults and children. Spinal manipulative therapy may provide short-term improvement in patients with acute or chronic low back pain, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0215/p248.html

Braces and Splints for Common Musculoskeletal Conditions - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2018 - Braces and splints can immobilize and protect joints, reduce pain, decrease swelling, and facilitate healing of acute injuries. They are also used for injury prevention and chronic pain reduction, and to alter the function of a joint. The medial unloading (valgus) knee brace is an ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/1115/p570.html

Common Foot Problems: Over-the-Counter Treatments and Home Care - American Family ...

Sep 1, 2018 - Most foot disorders do not require podiatry referral or complex interventions. After the clinical diagnosis is made, these conditions can typically be managed with over-the-counter (OTC) and home remedies, with guidance from the primary care physician. Stretching and strengthening ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0901/p298.html

Stress Fractures: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 2011 - Stress fractures are common injuries in athletes and military recruits. These injuries occur more commonly in lower extremities than in upper extremities. Stress fractures should be considered in patients who present with tenderness or edema after a recent increase in activity or ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0101/p39.html

Hip Fracture: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Secondary Prevention - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2014 - Hip fractures cause significant morbidity and are associated with increased mortality. Women experience 80% of hip fractures, and the average age of persons who have a hip fracture is 80 years. Most hip fractures are associated with a fall, although other risk factors include decreased ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0615/p945.html

Cervical Radiculopathy: Nonoperative Management of Neck Pain and Radicular Symptoms - ...

Jan 1, 2010 - Cervical radiculopathy is a disease process marked by nerve compression from herniated disk material or arthritic bone spurs. This impingement typically produces neck and radiating arm pain or numbness, sensory deficits, or motor dysfunction in the neck and upper extremities. Magnetic ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0101/p33.html

Diagnosis and Treatment of Biceps Tendinitis and Tendinosis - American Family Physician

Sep 1, 2009 - Biceps tendinitis is inflammation of the tendon around the long head of the biceps muscle. Biceps tendinosis is caused by degeneration of the tendon from athletics requiring overhead motion or from the normal aging process. Inflammation of the biceps tendon in the bicipital groove, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/0901/p470.html

Splints and Casts: Indications and Methods - American Family Physician

Sep 1, 2009 - Management of a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions requires the use of a cast or splint. Splints are noncircumferential immobilizers that accommodate swelling. This quality makes splints ideal for the management of a variety of acute musculoskeletal conditions in which swelling ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/0901/p491.html

Corticosteroid Injections for Common Musculoskeletal Conditions - American Family ...

Oct 15, 2015 - Family physicians considering corticosteroid injections as part of a comprehensive treatment plan for musculoskeletal diagnoses will find few high-quality studies to assist with evidence-based decision making. Most studies of corticosteroid injections for the treatment of ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/1015/p694.html

Nonsurgical Management of Knee Pain in Adults - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2015 - The role of the family physician in managing knee pain is expanding as recent literature supports nonsurgical management for many patients. Effective treatment depends on the etiology of knee pain. Oral analgesics—most commonly nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and acetaminophen—are ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/1115/p875.html

Hip Impingement: Identifying and Treating a Common Cause of Hip Pain - American Family ...

Dec 15, 2009 - Femoroacetabular impingement, also known as hip impingement, is the abutment of the acetabular rim and the proximal femur. Hip impingement is increasingly recognized as a common etiology of hip pain in athletes, adolescents, and adults. It injures the labrum and articular cartilage, and...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/1215/p1429.html

Common Questions About Chronic Low Back Pain - American Family Physician

May 15, 2015 - More than 30% of U.S. adults report having experienced low back pain within the preceding three months. Although most low back pain is nonspecific and self-limiting, a subset of patients develop chronic low back pain, defined as persistent symptoms for longer than three months. Low back...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0515/p708.html

Choosing a Skeletal Muscle Relaxant - American Family Physician

Aug 1, 2008 - Skeletal muscle relaxants are widely used in treating musculoskeletal conditions. However, evidence of their effectiveness consists mainly of studies with poor methodologic design. In addition, these drugs have not been proven to be superior to acetaminophen or nonsteroidal ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0801/p365.html

Management of Chronic Tendon Injuries - American Family Physician

Apr 1, 2013 - Chronic tendon injuries present unique management challenges. The assumption that these injuries result from ongoing inflammation has caused physicians to rely on treatments demonstrated to be ineffective in the long term. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs should be limited in the ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0401/p486.html

Musculoskeletal Injections: A Review of the Evidence - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2008 - Injections are valuable procedures for managing musculoskeletal conditions commonly encountered by family physicians. Corticosteroid injections into articular, periarticular, or soft tissue structures relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and improve mobility. Injections can provide ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/1015/p971.html

Management of Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2007 - Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is the most common cause of knee pain in the outpatient setting. It is caused by imbalances in the forces controlling patellar tracking during knee flexion and extension, particularly with overloading of the joint. Risk factors include overuse, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0115/p194.html

Clavicle Fractures - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 2008 - Clavicle fractures are most common in children and young adults, typically occurring in persons younger than 25 years. Its superficial location, its thin midshaft, and the forces transmitted across it make the clavicle a common site for injury. The most common mechanism of injury is a ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0101/p65.html

Principles of Casting and Splinting - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 2009 - The ability to properly apply casts and splints is a technical skill easily mastered with practice and an understanding of basic principles. The initial approach to casting and splinting requires a thorough assessment of the injured extremity for proper diagnosis. Once the need for ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/0101/p16.html

Common Forearm Fractures in Adults - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2009 - Fractures of the forearm are common injuries in adults. Proper initial assessment includes a detailed history of the mechanism of injury, a complete examination of the affected arm, and appropriate radiography. Open fractures, joint dislocation or instability, and evidence of ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/1115/p1096.html

Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2011 - Knee osteoarthritis is a common disabling condition that affects more than one-third of persons older than 65 years. Exercise, weight loss, physical therapy, intra-articular corticosteroid injections, and the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and braces or heel wedges decrease...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0601/p1287.html

Platelet-Rich Plasma is Equal to Saline for Patients with Patellar Tendinopathy - POEMs...

Dec 15, 2019 - In this study, platelet-rich plasma injections were no better than saline injections in improving pain or activity in patients with patellar tendinopathy. It did not matter whether the plasma was leukocyte rich or leukocyte poor.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1215/od2.html

Gabapentin for Treatment of Radicular Low Back Pain - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries - ...

Sep 1, 2019 - Gabapentin is not effective for the treatment of radicular low back pain and is associated with adverse effects.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0901/p309.html

Treatment of Lateral Epicondylitis - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 2007 - Lateral epicondylitis is a common overuse syndrome of the extensor tendons of the forearm. It is sometimes called tennis elbow, although it can occur with many activities. The condition affects men and women equally and is more common in persons 40 years or older. Despite the prevalence...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0915/p843.html

Chronic Neck Pain: Nonpharmacologic Treatment - Implementing AHRQ Effective Health Care...

Aug 1, 2019 - Which noninvasive nonpharmacologic treatments for chronic neck pain improve function or pain for at least one month?

American Family Physician : Implementing AHRQ Effective Health Care Reviews

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0801/p180.html

Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection Not Beneficial for Nonoperative Treatment of Rotator ...

Nov 15, 2019 - The review found no evidence that supports any additional benefit of platelet-rich plasma injections compared with various control interventions, including saline placebo, in the non-operative treatment of rotator cuff disease in adults.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1115/p647.html

Oral Antibiotics Are Equal to IV Antibiotics for Serous Bone and Joint Infections - ...

Oct 1, 2019 - Oral antibiotics started within seven days of surgery for patients with a serious bone or joint infection are as safe and effective as six weeks of IV antibiotics.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1001/p441.html

Gabapentin and Pregabalin Not Effective for Low Back Pain with or Without Radiculopathy...

Mar 15, 2019 - The use of anticonvulsants like gabapentin (Neurontin) for painful conditions has increased greatly in recent years. This review finds good evidence that these drugs are not an effective treatment for low back pain with or without radiculopathy, and are associated with an increased risk...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0315/od2.html

Knee Joint Aspiration and Injection - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2002 - Knee joint aspiration and injection are performed to aid in diagnosis and treatment of knee joint diseases. The knee joint is the most common and the easiest joint for the physician to aspirate. One approach involves insertion of a needle 1 cm above and 1 cm lateral to the superior ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/1015/p1497.html

Acute Lumbar Disk Pain: Navigating Evaluation and Treatment Choices - American Family ...

Oct 1, 2008 - Acute lumbar disk herniations are the most common cause of sciatica. After excluding emergent causes, such as cauda equina syndrome, epidural abscess, fracture, or malignancy, a six-week trial of conservative management is indicated. Patients should be advised to stay active. If ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/1001/p835.html

Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment: A Primary Care Approach - Editorials - American ...

Feb 15, 2019 - Osteopathic manipulative treatment is a valuable modality that has the potential to decrease cost and improve pain/function in patients.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0215/p214.html

Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis - Implementing AHRQ Effective Health Care Reviews - ...

Nov 1, 2018 - What are the clinical effectiveness and harms of cell-based therapies, oral glucosamine and/or chondroitin, physical treatment interventions, weight loss, and home-based and self-management therapies for knee osteoarthritis?

American Family Physician : Implementing AHRQ Effective Health Care Reviews

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/1101/p603.html

Decompression Surgery No More Effective Than Exercise for Shoulder Impingement Syndrome...

Feb 1, 2019 - Despite being one of the most common orthopedic surgeries performed, subacromial decompression is not significantly better than physical therapy to treat patients with pain and limited function caused by shoulder impingement.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0201/p190.html

Vertebral Compression Fractures in the Elderly - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 2004 - Compression fracture of the vertebral body is common, especially in older adults. Vertebral compression fractures usually are caused by osteoporosis, and range from mild to severe. More severe fractures can cause significant pain, leading to inability to perform activities of daily ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0101/p111.html

The Physical Therapy Prescription - American Family Physician

Dec 1, 2007 - Numerous guidelines recommend physical therapy for the management of musculoskeletal conditions. However, specific recommendations are lacking concerning which exercises and adjunct modalities to use. Physical therapists use various techniques to reduce pain and improve mobility and ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/1201/p1661.html

Chronic Shoulder Pain: Part II. Treatment - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2008 - Chronic shoulder pain is a common problem in the primary care physician's office. Effective treatment depends on an accurate diagnosis of the more common etiologies: rotator cuff disorders, adhesive capsulitis, acromioclavicular osteoarthritis, glenohumeral osteoarthritis, and ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0215/p493.html

Hyperpronation Method for Reduction of Nursemaid's Elbow - Medicine by the Numbers - ...

May 15, 2018 - Although data are limited, the results have consistently shown a higher rate of success with first attempt reduction of nursemaids' elbow when the hyperpronation method was used. For other outcomes, including pain and adverse effects such as bruising, no conclusions could be drawn ...

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0515/od2.html

Nonopioids Equivalent to Opioids for Severe Chronic Back, Hip, or Knee Pain with Fewer ...

Sep 1, 2018 - Nonopioid medications were at least as effective as opioid medications for improving pain-related function over 12 months in adults with severe chronic back pain or knee or hip osteoarthritis pain. The evidence that opioids are not superior to nonopioid medications for chronic and acute...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0901/p316.html

Physical Therapy for Low Back Pain - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2018 - There is some evidence that early physical therapy may decrease posttreatment health care utilization for low back pain.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0715/p115.html

Aspirin No Different Than Rivaroxaban for Prevention of VTE After TKA or THA - POEMs - ...

Aug 15, 2018 - Extended prophylaxis with low-dose aspirin is similar in efficacy to rivaroxaban for the prevention of symptomatic VTE following TKA or THA. Aspirin is cheap, widely available, and effective, making it a good alternative to the more costly direct oral anticoagulants.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0815/p248.html

Diagnostic and Therapeutic Injection of the Wrist and Hand Region - American Family ...

Feb 15, 2003 - Joint injection of the wrist and hand region is a useful diagnostic and therapeutic tool for the family physician. In this article, the injection procedures for carpal tunnel syndrome, de Quervain's tenosynovitis, osteoarthritis of the first carpometacarpal joint, wrist ganglion cysts, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0215/p745.html

Surgery Equal to No Surgery for Patients with Subacromial Shoulder Pain - POEMs - ...

Jul 1, 2018 - In patients with subacromial shoulder pain of at least three months' duration who receive physical therapy, surgical decompression is no better than arthroscopy without decompression in improving pain or function, and neither is much better than no invasive intervention at all.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0701/p54.html

Evaluation and Treatment of Acute Low Back Pain - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2007 - Acute low back pain with or without sciatica usually is self-limited and has no serious underlying pathology. For most patients, reassurance, pain medications, and advice to stay active are sufficient. A more thorough evaluation is required in selected patients with

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0415/p1181.html

Low Back Pain: American College of Physicians Practice Guideline on Noninvasive ...

Sep 15, 2017 - The American College of Physicians has released a guideline, which partially updates its 2007 guideline, to provide recommendations for noninvasive treatment of acute (duration less than four weeks), subacute (duration of four to 12 weeks), and chronic (duration longer than 12 weeks) ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0915/p407.html

Lumbar Fusion of Variable Value Based on Treating Diagnosis, with Significant ...

May 1, 2018 - Lumbar fusion for degenerative spinal disease appears to be most beneficial for patients undergoing the procedure for spondylolisthesis, but it is of little clear benefit for patients with other indications, such as spinal stenosis or chronic back pain.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0501/p605a.html

Early PT for Acute Low Back Pain Is Cost-Effective, but Gain in Quality of Life Is ...

Apr 1, 2018 - At $30,000 per quality-adjusted life year (QALY) gained, early PT for acute low back pain in primary care is cost-effective by the usual criteria of $50,000 to $100,000 per QALY. However, the magnitude of improvement in quality of life is small and is probably not clinically meaningful.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0401/p475.html

Injected Corticosteroids for Plantar Heel Pain - Cochrane for Clinicians - American ...

Feb 1, 2018 - There is low-quality evidence that corticosteroid injections slightly reduce heel pain at one month, but they make no significant difference beyond that time. Patients treated with corticosteroid injections were less likely to experience treatment failure—a designation that was defined ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0201/p169.html

Topical NSAIDs for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain in Adults - Cochrane for Clinicians - ...

Nov 1, 2017 - Topical diclofenac and ketoprofen are slightly more effective than placebo for relieving chronic pain associated with osteoarthritis in adults. Evidence is lacking to determine the effectiveness of topical NSAIDs compared with oral NSAIDs.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1101/p573.html

History and Physical Examination for Identifying Rotator Cuff Tears - FPIN's Help Desk ...

Nov 1, 2017 - There are no historical features that reliably identify full-thickness rotator cuff tears. The physical examination maneuvers that best identify the presence of a full-thickness rotator cuff tear are the internal rotation lag test, the external rotation lag test, and a positive ...

American Family Physician : FPIN's Help Desk Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1101/od2.html

Dietary Supplements for Osteoarthritis - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2008 - A large number of dietary supplements are promoted to patients with osteoarthritis and as many as one third of those patients have used a supplement to treat their condition. Glucosamine-containing supplements are among the most commonly used products for osteoarthritis. Although the ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0115/p177.html

Noninvasive Treatments for Low Back Pain - Implementing AHRQ Effective Health Care ...

Sep 1, 2017 - What are the benefits and harms of noninvasive treatments for acute, subacute, and chronic low back pain?

American Family Physician : Implementing AHRQ Effective Health Care Reviews

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0901/p324.html

Gabapentinoids for Chronic Low Back Pain: Limited Evidence, More Harm Than Benefit - ...

Dec 15, 2017 - The existing data on gabapentinoids for chronic low back pain are limited in number and quality. The amount of pain reduction is low to moderate, and the rate of adverse effects is high. The few studies that assessed function found no improvement.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1215/od3.html

Corticosteroid Injections Ineffective for Knee Osteoarthritis - POEMs - American Family...

Sep 15, 2017 - This well-done study found that regular three-month intra-articular injections of triamcinolone for two years resulted in no significant difference in pain and function assessments compared with saline. However, a significant increase in cartilage loss and damage did occur in patients ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0915/p406.html

Clinical Evaluation and Treatment Options for Herniated Lumbar Disc - American Family ...

Feb 1, 1999 - Degeneration of the intervertebral disc from a combination of factors can result in herniation, particularly at the L4-5 and L5-S1 levels. The presence of pain, radiculopathy and other symptoms depends on the site and degree of herniation. A detailed history and careful physical ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0201/p575.html

Treatment for Calcaneal Apophysitis - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries - American Family ...

Jul 15, 2017 - Several treatments for calcaneal apophysitis may produce modest short-term improvements in pain scores. Heel inserts and prefabricated orthotics may initially improve pain scores and dysfunction, but patients have equal improvement by three months with or without therapy.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0715/p126.html

Management of Shoulder Impingement Syndrome and Rotator Cuff Tears - American Family ...

Feb 15, 1998 - Rotator cuff impingement syndrome and associated rotator cuff tears are commonly encountered shoulder problems. Symptoms include pain, weakness and loss of motion. Causes of impingement include acromioclavicular joint arthritis, calcified coracoacromial ligament, structural ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/0215/p667.html

Pregabalin Does Not Decrease the Pain of Sciatica - POEMs - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2017 - Pregabalin does not relieve pain in patients with sciatica.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0815/p260.html

Braces and Splints for Musculoskeletal Conditions - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2007 - Braces and splints can be useful for acute injuries, chronic conditions, and the prevention of injury. There is good evidence to support the use of some braces and splints; others are used because of subjective reports from patients, relatively low cost, and few adverse effects, despite...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0201/p342.html

Arthroscopic Meniscal Surgery Is Equivalent to Nonoperative Management - POEMs - ...

Jul 1, 2017 - The existing research base, with biases that typically make interventions look better, is unable to demonstrate that arthroscopy for meniscal injuries is any better than nonoperative approaches. Because this is a costly intervention and is being used more often, perhaps insurance ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0701/p55.html

Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2001 - Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain in adults. The disorder classically presents with pain that is particularly severe with the first few steps taken in the morning. In general, plantar fasciitis is a self-limited condition. However, symptoms usually resolve more quickly ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2001/0201/p467.html

Cyclobenzaprine in the Treatment of Low Back Pain - Medicine by the Numbers - American ...

Feb 1, 2016 - Studies show that 1 in 3 patients experiences global improvement in back pain symptoms at 10 days, while 1 in 4 patients experiences medication adverse effects. Read more.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0201/od2.html

Placebo Plus Message of Benefit Decreases Chronic Low Back Pain - POEMs - American ...

Apr 1, 2017 - These investigators gave twice daily placebo to patients with chronic back pain and told them it was placebo. They also told them that placebos can have a pronounced effect (which is true). The addition of placebo to usual care improved patients' pain and disability scores over the ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0401/p456.html

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Clinical Evidence Handbook - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2016 - What are the effects of drug, nondrug, and surgical treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome?

American Family Physician : Clinical Evidence Handbook

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/1115/p830.html

Lumbar Fusion No Better Than Exercise and Therapy in the Long Term - POEMs - American ...

Dec 1, 2016 - This trial is a good example of how to do just about everything wrong to get the results you want. The authors did not conceal allocation, did not mask anyone in the study, used an unvalidated and subjective primary outcome, and downplayed the intention-to-treat analysis. Funding for ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/1201/p937.html

Management of Hip Fracture: The Family Physician's Role - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2006 - The incidence of hip fracture is expected to increase as the population ages. One in five persons dies in the first year after sustaining a hip fracture, and those who survive past one year may have significant functional limitation. Although surgery is the main treatment for hip ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/0615/p2195.html

Management of Head and Neck Injuries by the Sideline Physician - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2006 - Injuries to the head and neck are common in sports. Sideline physicians must be attentive and prepared with an organized approach to detect and manage these injuries. Because head and neck injuries often occur simultaneously, the sideline physician can combine the head and neck ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/1015/p1357.html

Knee Surgery Does Not Reduce Knee Catching or Locking in Patients with Meniscal Tear - ...

Aug 15, 2016 - Removing the torn bits of meniscus in middle-aged patients who have intermittent knee catches or locking does not decrease their likelihood of experiencing symptoms in the following year compared with diagnostic arthroscopy (i.e., looking but not touching). In general, meniscectomy does...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0815/p317a.html

Common Overuse Tendon Problems: A Review and Recommendations for Treatment - American ...

Sep 1, 2005 - There is a common misconception that symptomatic tendon injuries are inflammatory; because of this, these injuries often are mislabeled as tendonitis. Acute inflammatory tendinopathies exist, but most patients seen in primary care will have chronic symptoms suggesting a degenerative ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0901/p811.html

Treatment of Degenerative Lumbar Spinal Stenosis - American Family Physician

Aug 1, 2004 - Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the vertebral canal that compresses spinal nerves and may cause leg pain and difficulty walking. The symptoms of degenerative lumbar stenosis commonly occur in elderly adults and can be treated conservatively with pain-relieving agents or aggressively ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0801/p517.html

Chondroitin/Glucosamine Equal to Celecoxib for Knee Osteoarthritis - POEMs - American ...

Jun 15, 2016 - or patients with painful knee osteoarthritis, a high-dose combination of glucosamine hydrochloride (1,500 mg) and chondroitin (1,200 mg) was as effective in lessening pain and stiffness and improving function as celecoxib (200 mg). Other studies have not found benefit.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0615/p1032.html

Joint and Soft Tissue Injection - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2002 - Injection techniques are helpful for diagnosis and therapy in a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions. Diagnostic indications include the aspiration of fluid for analysis and the assessment of pain relief and increased range of motion as a diagnostic tool. Therapeutic indications ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0715/p283.html

Naproxen Alone May Be Best for Acute Low Back Pain - POEMs - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2016 - Naproxen alone is as effective as naproxen plus oxycodone/acetaminophen or naproxen plus cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) in reducing pain and improving function in adults with acute musculoskeletal LBP without radicular symptoms. Adverse events were significantly more common in patients ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0215/p316.html

Hyaluronic Acid Equivalent to Sham Injections in Patients with Knee DJD - POEMs - ...

Apr 15, 2016 - The highest quality studies, which are now fairly plentiful, show that hyaluronic acid injections are only minimally better than sham injections in improving pain and function in patients with knee DJD.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0415/p704.html

Pilates for the Treatment of Low Back Pain - Cochrane for Clinicians - American Family ...

Apr 1, 2016 - There is low- to moderate-quality evidence that Pilates exercises taught by certified instructors improve pain and reduce disability in patients with chronic low back pain. It is unclear whether a Pilates regimen is superior to other exercise plans for the treatment of low back pain. ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0401/p556.html

Diagnostic and Therapeutic Injection of the Ankle and Foot - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2003 - Joint and soft tissue injection of the ankle and foot region is a useful diagnostic and therapeutic tool for the family physician. This article reviews the injection procedure for the plantar fascia, ankle joint, tarsal tunnel, interdigital space, and first metatarsophalangeal joint. ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/1001/p1356.html

Management of ACL Injuries: Clinical Practice Guideline from the AAOS - Practice ...

Aug 1, 2015 - Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, which are usually related to sports, have an incidence of approximately 252,000 yearly. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) has provided guidance in determining the best options for treating an ACL injury.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0801/p232.html

Epidural Steroid Not Better Than Placebo Injection for Sciatica and Spinal Stenosis ...

Feb 15, 2016 - It is hard to figure out what to do with these results. On the one hand, steroid injection did not provide a significant benefit compared with placebo injection in patients with radicular pain or spinal stenosis. However, part of the reason for this may be the significant and sustained ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0215/p315a.html

Treatments for Sciatica - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries - American Family Physician

May 1, 2015 - Surgical diskectomy can be offered to patients with refractory sciatica, but there is only modest, short-term improvement in leg pain and disability scores. Epidural steroid injections may be offered to patients with sciatica of more than six months' duration.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0501/p612.html

Quinine for Leg Cramps - Cochrane for Clinicians - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2016 - Quinine is moderately effective in decreasing the frequency and intensity of muscle cramps, but it is also associated with an increase in minor adverse effects. In addition, there is a risk of rare but serious adverse effects.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0201/p177.html

Diagnostic and Therapeutic Injection of the Hip and Knee - American Family Physician

May 15, 2003 - Joint injection of the hip and knee regions is a useful diagnostic and therapeutic tool for the family physician. In this article, the injection procedure for the greater trochanteric bursa, the knee joint, the pes anserine bursa, the iliotibial band, and the prepatellar bursa is ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0515/p2147.html

Exercise for Osteoarthritis of the Knee - Cochrane for Clinicians - American Family ...

Nov 1, 2015 - Land-based exercise programs reduce knee pain and improve quality of life and physical function following treatment in patients with knee osteoarthritis.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/1101/p774.html

Gabapentin Equals Epidural Steroid for Radicular Pain - POEMs - American Family Physician

Nov 1, 2015 - After controlling for the placebo effect that may accompany an epidural steroid injection, treatment with gabapentin is as effective as the injection in reducing radicular leg pain in the short term (three months). A placebo bump in response, if present, is likely to be transient.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/1101/p814a.html

Diagnostic and Therapeutic Injection of the Elbow Region - American Family Physician

Dec 1, 2002 - Joint injection of the elbow is a useful diagnostic and therapeutic tool for the family physician. In this article, the injection procedures for the elbow joint, medial and lateral epicondylitis, and olecranon bursitis are reviewed. Persistent pain related to inflammatory conditions ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/1201/p2097.html

Acetaminophen (Paracetamol) Minimally Effective for Back Pain and Osteoarthritis - ...

Oct 1, 2015 - Although acetaminophen was hoped to be a safer alternative to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and opioids for the treatment of common musculoskeletal problems, on average it provides only minimal pain relief and improvement in function for patients with low back pain or ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/1001/p642.html

Focused Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy Better Than Placebo to Relieve Pain in ...

Oct 1, 2015 - In this study, unlike others, patients with chronic plantar fasciitis treated with extra-corporeal shock wave therapy had greater pain relief than those treated with placebo.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/1001/p635.html

Spinal Stenosis: Physical Therapy Before Surgery - POEMs - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 2015 - Assigning patients to six weeks of physical therapy is as effective as initially sending them for decompression surgery, with fewer complications, even in patients who have a strong preference for surgery. A trial of six weeks of physical therapy makes sense for many patients with ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0915/p528.html

Walking Program Effective for Chronic Low Back Pain - POEMs - American Family Physician

Aug 1, 2015 - Giving patients a pedometer, a walking diary, and instructions to walk at least four days per week, then gradually increase the walk's duration and intensity (see synopsis) results in improvement in pain and disability similar to usual physical therapy or a group exercise program.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0801/p230.html

Management of Acute Achilles Tendon Rupture - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries - American ...

Jun 1, 2015 - There are no clear evidence-based criteria to decide which patients should undergo operative vs. nonoperative management of acute Achilles tendon rupture.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0601/p794.html

No Long-Term Benefit of Arthroscopic Surgery for Meniscal Tears in Middle-Aged Persons ...

May 1, 2015 - Arthroscopic repair of degenerative meniscal tears in middle-aged adults does not significantly improve long-term pain or function. Patients should do physical therapy and try to avoid surgery if possible.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0501/p643.html

Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis: A Clinical Practice Guideline from the AAOS - ...

Jun 1, 2014 - This clinical guideline from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) updates the one previously published in 2008 and addresses treatment of symptomatic knee osteoarthritis in adults 19 years and older.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0601/p918.html

Injection Equals Physical Therapy for Shoulder Impingement - POEMs - American Family ...

Feb 15, 2015 - Both physical therapy and corticosteroid injection decrease pain and disability by about 50% within one month of beginning treatment. However, average scores will not improve beyond that over the course of the year, and the average person will have pain, disability, and an altered ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0215/p260a.html

Epidural Steroid Injections Ineffective for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis - POEMs - American ...

Dec 1, 2014 - Epidural glucocorticoid injections are ineffective for lumbar spinal stenosis. Whether this will change practice for this lucrative procedure will be an interesting question.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/1201/p795a.html

Physical Therapy No Better Than Sham Therapy for Hip Osteoarthritis - POEMs - American ...

Oct 1, 2014 - In this study, physical therapy was no more effective than sham therapy in reducing pain and improving function in adults with hip osteoarthritis.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/1001/p497a.html

Intra-articular Corticosteroid Injections for Osteoarthritis of the Knee - FPIN's ...

Jul 15, 2014 - Intra-articular corticosteroid injections can be used to reduce pain by about 20% in the short term (one to three weeks) in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0715/p115.html

Opioids for Chronic Back Pain: Short-Term Effectiveness, Long-Term Uncertain - POEMs - ...

Aug 15, 2014 - Overall, in patients with chronic low-back pain, opioids are moderately more effective than placebo in the short term for pain relief and slightly more effective in the short term for improving function. However, data for long-term use are virtually nonexistent. The long-term use of ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0815/od5.html

Doxepin (Silenor) for Insomnia - STEPS - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2011 - In older patients with primary insomnia, Silenor can increase duration of sleep without next-day effects. However, it does not significantly decrease the time to sleep onset, and it is less effective in younger adults.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0815/p453.html

Nontraumatic Supraspinatus Tears: PT Is Equal to PT Plus Surgery at One Year - POEMs - ...

May 15, 2014 - In this study, the long-term outcomes of adults with nontraumatic supraspinatus tears who are treated conservatively are similar to those of patients treated with two different surgical approaches.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0515/p824.html

Platelet-Rich Plasma May Minimally, If at All, Benefit Patients with Knee ...

Apr 1, 2014 - Compared with normal saline or hyaluronic acid, multiple intra-articular injections of platelet-rich plasma significantly improved knee function but did not reduce perceived pain or improve patient satisfaction in adults with symptomatic knee osteoarthritis.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0401/p578.html

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