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spineadvisor: Neck & Back Pain eNewsletter from September 23, 2009
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Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis—
What's the Difference?
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I've read a lot about rheumatoid arthritis but not osteoarthritis. Is there even a difference between the two?
—Sikeston, MO

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It's somewhat easy to understand why patients connect rheumatoid arthritis (RA) with osteoarthritis (OA) because both conditions are forms of arthritis.

"Arthritis" is a general term that encompasses more than 100 rheumatoid disorders. And while rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis both fall under that umbrella, they are significantly different...

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Edward C. Benzel, MD This Week's Expert
Edward C. Benzel, MD
Cleveland Clinic Spine Institute
Cleveland, OH
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Treating Pain
Debunking Opioids

OpioidsIf you have severe back pain, your doctor may prescribe you an opioid. But opioids have a muddy reputation marred by reports of addiction—opioid abuse is even connected to the high-profile death of Michael Jackson. So it's no surprise that many people get anxious at the thought of taking them.

But opioids are extremely potent at reducing pain. And if you use them properly, you don't need to worry about any dangerous effects. This article provides a clear picture of opioids—from how they work to their side effects.

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