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Arthritis, bones and joints

In these pages are collected the stories from Bandolier relating to arthritis and bone and joint problems. This is in response to the reader survey in early 2001. We are able to do this because of some startup sponsorship from the Gwen Bush Foundation. More information on pain can be found on the Oxford Pain Internet Site.

New in April 2003: "Bandolier's Little Book of Pain", the book of the Internet site, and more. Check out what is in it on the OUP Internet site, where you can order it as well.

General stuff about arthritis

Anaemia in rheumatoid arthritis Attitudes to risk in OA Calculating the risk of NSAID GI hospital admission Cost of rheumatoid arthritis Coxibs and cardiovascular harm in arthritis Coxibs, aspirin, polyps, and cardiovascular harm Hip replacement, needs and risks NSAIDs, coxibs, smoking, and bone NSAIDs, gastroprotection, and guidelines Outcomes in arthritis trials Prognostic factors for progression of OA knee Treating hip and knee arthritis in the UK What OA patients want What rheumatoid arthritis patients want

Evidence about lifestyle and arthritis and bones

Exercise and osteoporosis Exercise does not cause knee osteoarthritis Exercise therapy for OA of the hip or knee Exercise therapy for OA hip and knee (update) Exercise training programmes prevent bone loss in women Exercise therapy for OA of the hip or knee Exercise for rheumatoid arthritis Exercise and bone density Fasting and vegetarian diet in rheumatoid arthritis Fruit and vegetable intake linked to bone health Injuries from falls are increasing in older adults Pain in the knee Sport after hip or knee replacement Weight loss for knee arthritis

Complementary and alternative therapies

Avocado/soybean unsaponifiables for osteoarthritis Acupuncture and osteoarthritis Acupuncture for osteoarthritis - 2006 update Acupuncture for back pain Acupuncture for back and neck pain Arnica efficacy Back pain: physiotherapy exercises Chondroitin sulphate for osteoarthritis CBT for chronic pain Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness and Homeopathy Electromagnetic energy for knee OA Exercise therapy for low back pain Glucosamine and chondroitin for knee OA - latest update 2004 Glucosamine and arthritis update Glucosamine is helpful in arthritis Group education for low back pain Homeopathy for osteoarthritis Hyaluronic acid injections for OA knee Low level laser therapy for osteoarthritis Low level laser therapy for painful joints (2004 update) Low level laser therapy for rheumatoid arthritis Massage for low back pain Osteopathy for back pain Phytodolor for musculoskeletal pain Physiotherapy for shoulder pain Plantar heel pain treatments Shoes and arthritis Spinal manipulation for neck pain Steroid injections for OA knee Taping arthritic knees to stop pain Temporomandibular Joint dysfunction and acupuncture Ultrasound for knee osteoarthritis Ultrasound therapy for musculoskeletal disorders

Treatments for OA and RA

Responder analysis and NNTs for osteoathritis Adverse effects of NSAIDs Anti-TNF therapy in early rheumatoid arthritis TNF-blockers and cardiovascular disease Aspirin, NSAID, Coxib and PPI Celecoxib for OA and RA Celecoxib update review 2005 COXIBs in the real world Cox-2 roundup Coxibs in arthritis: update July 2002 COXIBs and GI ulcers: real world risk reduction COXIB, NSAID, paracetamol and gastric protection COXIB and NSAID risk stratification NSAIDs and coxibs: supporting belief Real world use of COXIBs Fish oil for rheumatoid arthritis Intra-articular hyaluronic acid for knee osteoarthritis: update Hylan G-F20 for arthritis More on NSAID adverse effects Myocardial infarction: aspirin, NSAIDs, and COXIBs MI, COXIBs, and NSAIDs NSAIDs, coxibs, aspirin, & GI bleeds NSAID & coxib: overall risk NSAIDs and heart failure Nabumetone & meloxicam gastrointestinal safety NSAID hip/knee OA Non-pharmacological interventions for hip and knee OA Paracetamol (acetaminophen) for osteoarthritis - 2004 update Paracetamol (acetaminophen) for osteoarthritis Rheumatoid arthritis treatments in the real world Second-line drugs in RA Sulfasalazine for rheumatoid arthritis Tenoxicam vs. other NSAIDs for OA TNF antibodies and rheumatoid arthritis Adverse events with TNF antagonists Topical NSAIDs Topical NSAIDs for OA: 2004 update Topical NSAIDs for chronic musculoskeletal pain 2004 Safety of topical NSAIDs Treatment termination rates in rheumatoid arthritis Underuse of GPAs with NSAIDs Use of paracetamol in rheumatic disease Trials and interventions for knee arthritis

Treatments for joints and backs

Back pain guidelines Group education for low back pain NSAIDs for painful shoulder Osteopathy for back pain Physiotherapy exercises for back pain Right treatment, right patient (back pain) Steroid injection for shoulders Steroid injection for elbows and here

Vitamin D

Calcium and vitamin D for preventing hip fractures Calcium-vitamin D supplementation is cost effective Vitamin D and lower-extremity function in the elderly Vitamin D and falls in the elderly

Fractures and operations

Background to hip fractures Do NSAIDs inhibit bone healing? Fracture and quality of life in older women Hip revision How good is a joint replacement? Low oestrogen levels and risk of fracture Low molecular weight heparin and knee replacement NSAIDs and fracture risk Outcomes after hip fracture and again Outcomes after hip fracture PPIs and fractures Prophylactic antibiotics after skull fracture Pulsed ultrasound for fracture healing Ruptured Achilles tendons Risk factors for hip fracture in women Surgery for arthritic knee: roundup Statins reduce risk of fractures Thromboprophylaxis and death after total hip replacement Which primary total hip replacement?


Alendronate protects against hip fracture in women with low bone density Bisphosphonates and jaw osteonecrosis Calcitonin for osteoporotic fractures HRT can protect against hip fracture in women Osteoporotic vertebral fractures (acute) managed with calcitonin Persistence with bisphosphonates RCT of adherence in osteoporosis Some background on osteoporosis Tibolone increases bone density When to measure bone density


Diagnosing prosthetic joint infection Incidence of Perthes' disease Ottawa knee rule Ottawa ankle rule

Other stuff

Ankylosing spondylitis: Knowing what to do for the best Anti-TNF for ankylosing spondylitis Botulinum toxin for cervical dystonia Elbow pain interventions: from the Cochrane Library Fibromyalgia treatments Fibromyalgia: exercise Heat and pain How many people use retail analgesics? Keyboard discomfort Neck pain interventions: from the Cochrane Library Patient perspectives of OA Quinolones and Achilles tendon rupture Raynaud's phenomenon update Soft collars for whiplash - Bandolier review Shoulder pain interventions: from the Cochrane Library Treatments for tennis elbow Whole body vibration

Service organisation

Physiotherapy outreach service Planning for anti-TNF therapy Reading and rheumatoid arthritis


SIGN guidlines - treatment of early rheumatoid arthritis WHO report on burden of musculoskeletal conditions