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Musculoskeletal pain/inflammation

Fracture increases risk of widespread pain

Spinal fractures in men and women, and hip fractures in women, more than double the risk of chronic widespread bodily pain (CWBP), according to research from the University of Southampton

Paracetamol no better than placebo for low-back pain

Paracetamol does not hasten recovery from low-back pain compared with placebo, according to a randomised trial that involved 235 primary care centres in Australia. The authors suggest that healthcare professionals should reconsider recommending paracetamol as a firstline treatment for low-back pain.

Sarcopenia in the elderly

Up to one-in-12 older people in the UK may suffer from sarcopenia (age-related loss of skeletal muscle mass and function).Researchers applied definitions developed by the European Working Group on Sarcopenia in Older People to 103 men (mean age 73) living in the community in Hertfordshire.

Hand osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common musculoskeletal disorder and can involve any joint, but is most prevalent in the spine, hand, knee and hip joints.

Non-specific neck pain

The case: A 45-year-old network support technician comes to see you with a two-week history of neck pain, which sometimes radiates into his shoulders or gives him a headache. He thinks his work is contributing, and wonders if he should take some time off.

Patient-centred care in rheumatoid arthritis

Current treatments for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are failing to control patients' pain adequately, and healthcare professionals are not fully addressing patients' concerns, new research suggests.

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