Some definitions you might find useful



Arthrodesis

joint fusion

Arthroplasty

joint replacement

Biologicals

the newest range of disease modifying drugs for rheumatoid arthritis

also known as cytokine modulators, monoclonal antibodies

some known as anti-TNF-α drugs

CRP

C-Reactive Protein - an indication of inflammation

DAS28

Disease Activity Score- a composite score of 4 of the measures of disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis

DMARDs

Disease Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drugs

ESR

Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate - a measure of white cell count which is a non-specific measure of inflammation

NSAID

Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug

Osteotomy

where a bone is cut and re-aligned











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