Best Practice & Research Clinical Rheumatology
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Low back pain across the life course.
Back pain episodes are traditionally regarded as individual events, but this model is currently being challenged in favour of treating back pain as a long-term or lifelong condition. Back pain can be present throughout life, from childhood to older age, and evidence is mounting that pain experience...
Fatigue, health-related quality of life and other patient-reported outcomes in systemic lupus erythematosus.
This chapter aims to evaluate current knowledge of the burden of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) on individual patients, with a particular focus on health-related quality of life (HRQoL), activities of daily living (ADLs), individual symptoms, such as fatigue and pain, work disability and employm...
Polymyalgia rheumatica in 2011.
Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR) is an inflammatory rheumatic disease that commonly affects individuals over 50 years of age, characterised by pain and morning stiffness of the shoulder and pelvic girdle. PMR can present as 'isolated' form or may be associated with giant cell arteritis. The progress of...
Spondyloarthropathies (SpA) are a group of common inflammatory rheumatic disorders characterised by axial and or peripheral arthritis, associated with enthesitis, dactylitis and potential extra-articular manifestations such as uveitis and skin rash. The diseases, which comprise the group, share a co...
Miscellaneous non-inflammatory musculoskeletal conditions. Jaccoud's arthropathy.
Jaccoud's arthropathy (JA) is a condition characterised clinically by 'reversible' joint deformities such as swan neck, thumb subluxation, ulnar deviation, 'boutonniere' and hallux valgus, along with an absence of articular erosions on a plain radiograph. JA was initially described i...
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Capillaroscopy is the most reliable way to distinguish between primary and secondary Raynaud's phenomenon (RP) through identification of an early pattern of systemic sclerosis (SSc). The presence of giant capillaries and microhaemorrhages on nailfold videocapillaroscopy (NVC) is sufficient to identi...
Occupational use syndromes.
The prevalence of work-related musculoskeletal disorders is increasing worldwide. The association between job type and the specific activities within jobs that predispose to the risk of developing such disorders is well documented for developed countries. This review describes the evidence for such...