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Rheumatology

  • Creator:   The Nurse Practitioner
  • Updated:   1/19/2022
  • Contains:  3 items
Rheumatoid arthritis, joint pain, osteoarthritis, arthrocentesis

Understanding the most commonly billed diagnoses in primary care: Generalized musculoskeletal pain

Rogers, Julia; Allen, Jodi

The Nurse Practitioner. 46(3):38-45, March 2021.

Musculoskeletal pain is a common chief complaint in primary care and contributes to disability and a loss of independence. Musculoskeletal pain can be a diagnostic challenge for NPs. A thorough understanding of the pathophysiologic processes involved can help clinicians link clinical manifestations and treatment for musculoskeletal injury causing pain.

Bisphosphonate drug holidays: One size does not fit all

DiGiulio, Mary; Loveless, Thomas; Heider, Gerti; More

The Nurse Practitioner. 45(3):50-55, March 2020.

Bisphosphonates have been safely used to treat osteoporosis, effectively reducing fracture risk after 3 to 5 years of treatment. Recent concerns about long-term safety coupled with posttreatment fracture risk reduction have increased support for drug holidays. The decision to start low-risk patients on drug holidays must be based on current fracture risk assessment.