News and practice for rheumatology nurse specialists
Debridement can aid the wound-healing process; where it does not occur naturally careful assessment is needed to ensure the correct method is chosen
Care planning for patients with this connective tissue disorder must take a holistic approach.
TENS is a non-pharmacological method of managing pain. How does it work and what is the evidence for its use - and why does its use pose a dilemma to nurses?
This final article in a three-part series on osteoarthritis discusses its effects
This second article in a three-part series on osteoarthritis discusses pharmacological and non-pharmacological management. The third part will be published online
People who endure chronic pain are benefiting from an innovative project that sees them create a virtual garden to help describe their symptoms to doctors and nurses.
A Chinese herbal remedy works just as well as a standard drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, researchers have claimed.
Oral glucosamine supplements do not lessen knee cartilage deterioration among patients with chronic knee pain, a short-term study has concluded.
A new drug has been launched for the treatment of active psoriatic arthritis in adults.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has stepped back from recommending against the use of paracetamol as an analgesic for treating osteoarthritis.
Venous leg ulcer recurrence is common. Many patients will develop at least three or more leg ulcers during their lifetime, and sometimes will have an ulcer that never heals. They often experience alternating periods of healed ulceration and open ulcers.
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Osteoarthritis used to be described as a wear-and-tear condition, but today it is more commonly referred to as joint failure. It is not simply an inevitable consequence of ageing but the reaction of a joint, or joints, to an insult or injury.
Behind the Headlines
“Shoes with curved unstable soles are no better than traditional trainers for reducing lower back pain,” BBC News reports, after a small but well-designed study found no significant benefit in people wearing “rocker sole” shoes.