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The American College of Rheumatology has listed five procedures that patients should strongly question: A) Getting tested for Lyme disease as the cause for musculoskeletal problems when there is no exposure history; B) Getting an MRI of peripheral joints to routinely monitor inflammatory arthritis; C) Taking biologic drugs for Rheumatoid Arthritis before a trial of methotrexate or other conventional non-biologic meds; D) Repeating DEXA scans to follow osteoporosis more than once every two years; E) Getting sub-serology ANA blood tests without a previously positive ANA.

 



Researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit did a study of 6000 back pain sufferers and found that those who received steroid injections had a 29% increased risk of spinal fracture with each shot!! ¬†According to Dr. Shlomo Mandel, and orthopedic specialist at Henry Ford Hospital, “for a patient population already at risk for bone fractures, steroid injections carry a greater risk than previously thought and actually pose a hazard to the bone.”


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