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Arthritis and Joint Pain - American Family Physician

Nov 1, 2020 - This collection features AFP content on arthritis and joint pain, including arthritis, gout, knee osteoarthritis, monoarthritis, osteoarthritis, polyarticular joint pain, Reiter's syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, septic arthritis, and shoulder osteoarthritis. This collection features AFP...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

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Evidence Against the Routine Use of MRI for Nonoperative Treatment of Chronic ...

Nov 1, 2020 - Physicians should consider the ramifications before ordering an MRI in the setting of chronic pain. An MRI that is not indicated can lead to a procedure that is not necessary as both patient and physician focus on the abnormal study finding. Most patients improve with conservative ...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1101/p521.html

Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain: Nonpharmacologic, Noninvasive Treatments - American ... Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 15, 2020 - Chronic low back pain, neck pain, hip and knee osteoarthritis, and fibromyalgia are the most common types of chronic musculoskeletal pain. Because no individual therapy has consistent benefit, a multimodal treatment approach to chronic musculoskeletal pain is recommended. Many ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1015/p465.html

Musculoskeletal Care - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2020 - This collection features AFP content on musculoskeletal care and related issues, including fracture management, joint aspiration, joint injections, pain in various parts of the body (foot and ankle; neck and back; hip; knee; arm and shoulder; and wrist and hand). This collection ...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

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Patellofemoral Pain: Guidelines from the American Physical Therapy Association - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2020 - The American Physical Therapy Association released guidelines for the diagnosis and management of patellofemoral pain.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1001/p442.html

Neck Pain: Initial Evaluation and Management - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2020 - Neck pain is a common presenting symptom in the primary care setting and causes significant disability. The broad differential diagnosis requires an efficient but global assessment; therefore, emphasis is typically placed on red flags that can assist in the early recognition and ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0801/p150.html

Acetaminophen for Pain Relief in Osteoarthritis - FPIN's Help Desk Answers - American ... Restricted content. Login required.

Jul 15, 2020 - Acetaminophen is no better than placebo for relief of hip or knee pain due to osteoarthritis. Although acetaminophen does provide some pain relief, the effect is small and not clinically significant.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Help Desk Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0715/p113.html

Back Pain in Children and Adolescents - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Jul 1, 2020 - Back pain is a relatively common presenting symptom in children and adolescents. Typical causes include muscle strain or spasm, spinal deformities (e.g., Scheuermann kyphosis, adolescent idiopathic scoliosis), spondylolysis, bulging or herniated intervertebral disks, apophysitis of the ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0701/p19.html

No Short-Term Extra Benefit when Muscle Relaxants Are Added to Ibuprofen for Acute Low ... Restricted content. Login required.

Jun 1, 2020 - Adding a muscle relaxant to treatment with ibuprofen does not improve functional outcomes or pain, or lessen the number of people reporting moderate to severe back pain one week after starting treatment.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0601/p695.html

Ketorolac vs. Morphine for Pain Relief After Fractures - FPIN's Help Desk Answers - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Apr 15, 2020 - Parenteral ketorolac is as effective as parenteral morphine for short-term pain relief in patients with long bone fractures, and it results in fewer adverse effects.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Help Desk Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0415/p495.html

Cerebral Palsy: An Overview - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 15, 2020 - Cerebral palsy, which occurs in two to three out of 1,000 live births, has multiple etiologies resulting in brain injury that affects movement, posture, and balance. The movement disorders associated with cerebral palsy are categorized as spasticity, dyskinesia, ataxia, or mixed/other. ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0215/p213.html

Muscle Weakness in Adults: Evaluation and Differential Diagnosis - American Family ... Restricted content. Login required.

Jan 15, 2020 - Although the prevalence of muscle weakness in the general population is uncertain, it occurs in about 5% of U.S. adults 60 years and older. Determining the cause of muscle weakness can be challenging. True muscle weakness must first be differentiated from subjective fatigue or ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0115/p95.html

Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: Common Questions and Answers - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Jan 1, 2020 - Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis affects 1% to 3% of U.S. adolescents. It is defined by a lateral curvature of the spine (Cobb angle) of at least 10 degrees in the absence of underlying congenital or neuromuscular abnormalities. Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis may be detected via the ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0101/p19.html

Platelet-Rich Plasma is Equal to Saline for Patients with Patellar Tendinopathy - POEMs... Restricted content. Login required.

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

Nonspecific Low Back Pain and Return To Work - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 1, 2019 - Nonspecific low back pain refers to a condition without a distinct etiology to explain its associated symptoms. This pain may become chronic and is a major cause of work loss around the world. Without a specific explanation for a patient’s symptoms, the family physician is charged with ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1201/p697.html

Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection Not Beneficial for Nonoperative Treatment of Rotator ... Restricted content. Login required.

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

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

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 ...

American Family Physician : Article

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

Plantar Fasciitis - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2019 - Plantar fasciitis is a common problem that one in 10 people will experience in their lifetime. Plantar fasciopathy is an appropriate descriptor because the condition is not inflammatory. Risk factors include limited ankle dorsiflexion, increased body mass index, and standing for ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0615/p744.html

Apophysitis and Osteochondrosis: Common Causes of Pain in Growing Bones - American ...

May 15, 2019 - Apophysitis and osteochondrosis are common causes of pain in growing bones but have differing etiologies and required management. Apophysitis results from a traction injury to the cartilage and bony attachment of tendons in children and adolescents. Most often it is an overuse injury in...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0515/p610.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

Adhesive Capsulitis: Diagnosis and Management - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2019 - Adhesive capsulitis, also known as frozen shoulder, is a common shoulder condition characterized by pain and decreased range of motion, especially in external rotation. Adhesive capsulitis is predominantly an idiopathic condition and has an increased prevalence in patients with diabetes...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0301/p297.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

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

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

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2019 - Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is one of the most common causes of anterior knee pain encountered in the outpatient setting in adolescents and adults younger than 60 years. The incidence in the United States is between 3% and 6%. The cardinal feature of PFPS is pain in or around ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0115/p88.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

Knee Pain in Adults and Adolescents: The Initial Evaluation - American Family Physician

Nov 1, 2018 - Knee pain affects approximately 25% of adults, and its prevalence has increased almost 65% over the past 20 years, accounting for nearly 4 million primary care visits annually. Initial evaluation should emphasize excluding urgent causes while considering the need for referral. Key ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/1101/p576.html

Mechanical Low Back Pain - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2018 - Low back pain is usually nonspecific or mechanical. Mechanical low back pain arises intrinsically from the spine, intervertebral disks, or surrounding soft tissues. Clinical clues, or red flags, may help identify cases of nonmechanical low back pain and prompt further evaluation or ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/1001/p421.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

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

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

Treatments for de Quervain Tenosynovitis - FPIN's Help Desk Answers - American Family ...

Jun 15, 2018 - Corticosteroid injections are no better than thumb spica orthoses for decreasing pain in patients with de Quervain tenosynovitis. When combined with orthoses, corticosteroid injections and acupuncture are equally effective for improving function and decreasing pain.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Help Desk Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0615/od2.html

Screening for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: Recommendation Statement - U.S. ...

May 15, 2018 - The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis in children and adolescents aged 10 to 18 years.

American Family Physician : U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0515/od1.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

Screening for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis - Putting Prevention into Practice - ...

May 15, 2018 - A 10-year-old girl with no significant medical history presents to your clinic for a school physical and well visit. She will begin fifth grade in the fall and actively participated in a summer soccer program at a local sports club. She reports no associated injuries or pain.

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0515/p666.html

Charcot Foot: Clinical Clues, Diagnostic Strategies, and Treatment Principles - ...

May 1, 2018 - Acute Charcot neuroarthropathy of the foot and ankle is often difficult to diagnose because of limited findings in the patient history, physical examination, imaging, and laboratory studies. Delay in treatment results in the development of rigid foot and ankle deformities, increasing ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0501/p594.html

Pregabalin (Lyrica) for Acute Fibromyalgia Pain - Medicine by the Numbers - American ...

May 1, 2018 - Pregabalin (Lyrica) provides good pain relief to some patients with acute fibromyalgia pain but does not work for most persons. Learn more.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0501/od1.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

Common Running Injuries: Evaluation and Management - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2018 - Running is a common form of exercise but predisposes athletes to several running-related injuries. Most running injuries are due to overuse and respond to conservative treatment. Tendinopathies in the patellar, Achilles, and hamstring tendons are common, and are primarily treated with ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0415/p510.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

Effectiveness of ACL Injury Prevention Programs - FPIN's Help Desk Answers - American ...

Feb 1, 2018 - ACL injury prevention programs reduce the incidence of ACL injuries by at least 50% in a variety of sports, and should be used for all athletes. There is no evidence that any particular prevention program or component is superior.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Help Desk Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0201/od2.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

Heel Pain: Diagnosis and Management - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2018 - The differential diagnosis of heel pain is extensive, but a mechanical etiology is the most common. The specific anatomic location of the pain can help guide diagnosis. The most common diagnosis is plantar fasciitis, which leads to medial plantar heel pain, especially with the first ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0115/p86.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

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

Treatments for Nocturnal Leg Cramps - FPIN's Help Desk Answers - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2017 - Calcium channel blockers or B vitamins may lead to short-term improvement in nocturnal leg cramps. Stretching has mixed results. Quinine is effective but is no longer recommended, and it is not approved for treatment of leg cramps because of potential toxicity.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Help Desk Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1001/od3.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

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