Small Joint Surgeries in People with Rheumatoid Arthritis Have Decreased

Small Joint Surgeries in People with Rheumatoid Arthritis Have Decreased

A retrospective review of orthopedic surgeries in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients has shown that in 2015, less than 1 percent of people with the condition had undergone a small joint surgery. This percentage is noticeably smaller than it was in 1995. While researchers took note of this decline in small joint surgeries, they did not see a significant decline in RA patients having larger joint surgeries, such as on the hip or knee. They did, however, indicate that predictors of large joint surgeries are often easier to spot than predictors indicating the need for a small joint surgery. The recently...

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