Spinal fractures are often the result of underlying osteoporosis. Radha Chitale spoke with Dr. Hee Hwan Tak, medical director and senior consultant at the Pinnacle Spine & Scoliosis Centre at Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre, about managing osteoporotic spinal fractures in primary care.
Fractures are a common result of trauma. Associated osteoporosis and overuse injuries can also result in fractures. The fracture pattern depends on the magnitude of the force, duration and direction, and the rate at which it acts. A fracture occurs when the stress applied exceeds the plastic strain of the bone and goes beyond its yield point.
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative form of arthritis and is the most common type of arthritis today. It involves all the weight-bearing joints of the body, as well as often-used joints like the hands and the spine. OA of the spine is generally referred to as spondylosis.
Concomitant statin therapy was associated with an attenuation of tocilizumab (TCZ)-mediated increase in serum lipids in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to a recent post hoc analysis of randomized clinical studies.
Patients with early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) may benefit from the initial addition of certolizumab pegol (CZP) to optimized methotrexate (MTX) therapy, as this strategy potentially prevents joint destruction, according to the results of the phase III C-OPERA* study.
Joint mobilization, ultrasound therapy and therapeutic exercises may improve the range of motion of the ankle and decrease pain in patients with tibia and fibula fractures after cast removal, reports a study presented at the 7th Association of South-East Asian Pain Societies (ASEAPS) Congress 2017.