NSAIDs for Osteoarthritis : the good, the bad and the dangerous!

NSAIDs for Osteoarthritis

NSAIDS for osteoarthritis, in my opinion, is dangerous due to the risks of long term use.

I find it amazing with all the bad publicity NSAIDs for osteoarthritis are getting why research like this is being done. How can they be allowed to give a drug to people which is KNOWN already to have serious side effects when taken in the long term? Continue reading

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New Simple Blood Test Will Help Diagnose OA Early

I seem to be stuck on the Daily Mail this month!

Blood test for osteoarthritis

They won’t even have to draw blood as this test needs only a drop of blood!

However this is an interesting article from them although I cannot find much on the actual research that is being done.

They report that British researchers are close to developing a simple blood test that will allow OA to be diagnosed early.

This is a huge breakthrough. The earlier it is diagnosed the better the long term outcome of the patient.

I agree with  Arthritis Research UK who describe the research as ‘of great interest’ and I will let you know when I hear more about this!

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Osteoarthritis in the Thumb Can be Helped

Osteoarthritis in the thumb or fingers

Osteoarthritis in the thumb or fingers can severely reduce your dexterity making simple everyday tasks very difficult.

Osteoarthritis in the thumb is extremely common. The first sign is often difficulty grasping things and a loss of dexterity. This is a problem for us humans as our dexterity is what sets us apart from other animals and losing it makes our everyday life difficult.

Our unique combination of individually movable fingers, opposable thumbs plus the ability to move the little finger and ring finger into the middle of the palm to meet the thumb gives us this dexterity. When we get osteoarthritis in the thumb this ability is severely diminished. Suddenly we can’t even button our shirts! But why is this and what can we do about it?  Continue reading

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