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See rheumatoid arthritis radiofrequency lesioning, 150 Reiki, 133 (RICE) therapy, 126 rheumatoid arthritis (RA), 18, 247 ACR recommendations, 256 causes, 254 diagnosis criteria, 254 patients with poor prognosis, 255 prevalence, 248 systematic effects, 254 treatment options, 255-256, 257t, 258 RICE therapy. See rest, ice, Strategy, 196 Robaxin (methocarbamol), 115t Pain Scale Savella (milnacipran), 110, 270 Screener and Opioid Assessment for Patients with Pain (SOAPP), 202 screening tools,...

Overview

Arthritis is one of the most common types of pain complaints that a primary care practitioner will see. Arthritis, along with low back pain, contributes significantly to the high number of patient visits to health care providers for patients with pain complaints. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA) are two of the most common conditions classed as arthralgias, which also includes gout, fibromyalgia, systemic lupus ery-thematosus (SLE), scleroderma, infectious arthritis, and...

References

B. (1975). New Haven survey of joint diseases. XVII. Relationship between some systemic characteristics and osteoarthrosis in a general population. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, 34, 379-387. American Geriatrics Society. (2002). The management of persistent pain in older persons. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 50 S205-S224. American Pain Society. (2002). Guideline for the management of pain in osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and juvenile...