Rheumatoid arthritis: the role of the kinder and gentler therapies.

Rehabilitative therapies, as adjuncts to pharmacological and surgical therapies in rheumatoid arthritis (RA), help minimize pain and inflammation, improve functional capabilities, and, above all, enhance quality of life. The effects of heat, cold, and electrical stimulation on neurohumoral, inflammatory, and immunological mechanisms has been noted, although knowledge about their mode...

Management of chronic tendon injuries.

Chronic tendon injuries present unique management challenges. The assumption that these injuries result from ongoing inflammation has caused physicians to rely on treatments demonstrated to be ineffective in the long term. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs should be limited in the treatment of these injuries. Corticosteroid injections should be considered for temporizing...

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