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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
November 22/29, 2016

Fewer Opioids, More Exercise for Severe Joint Pain From Arthritis

JAMA. 2016;316(20):2079. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.16667

Clinicians should look to the 2016 National Pain Strategy instead of their prescription pads to help millions of US adults with arthritis who have debilitating severe joint pain (SJP), according to CDC researchers.

In a recent analysis of National Health Interview Survey data, researchers assessed how common SJP is in patients with physician-diagnosed arthritis. Respondents were asked to rate their joint pain on a scale of 0 to 10; a score of 7 or greater signified SJP.

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