Month: October 2011

Definitions related to aberrant drug-related behavior: Is there correct terminology?

Reviewed February 2014 Man is the only critter who feels the need to label things as flowers or weeds. ~Author Unknown Words can be powerful, and sometimes their meaning may be misinterpreted based on how they are used. One person may think that words are being used inaccurately and as a form of ‘labeling’, while… Read more »

Osteoarthritis and Physical Activity – Are Patients Doing Their Part?

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common condition whose prevalence increases with age. Although there is currently no “cure” for OA, treatment often focuses on pain control and maintenance of joint function. The hallmarks of joint function maintenance are weight loss (if appropriate), assistive devices (e.g., walker, cane), and therapeutic exercise. Therapeutic exercise regimens for OA typically… Read more »

Problematic Behavior: Difficult Conversations, Part II

This is the second article in a series of eight articles by Ilene Robeck, M.D. regarding difficult conversations a primary care provider may have when dealing with patients with chronic pain. This series is meant to be a guide for primary care providers facing these situations.  Difficult situation #2: A patient’s behavior becomes increasingly irritable,… Read more »