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NEWS YOU CAN USE: PHYSICAL THERAPY OUTPERFORMS STEROID INJECTIONS FOR TREATMENT OF KNEE OA
“A study of beneficiaries in the military health system concludes that patients with knee osteoarthritis treated through physical therapy experienced lower pain and higher physical function after one year than did patients who received steroid injections. In addition to challenging assumptions about the effectiveness of the widely used injections, the results, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, also hint at the possibility that benefits of physical therapy for knee OA may be longer-lasting than earlier believed.”
Here are the latest CDC guidelines for protecting yourself and others from Coronavirus infection:
Clean your hands often: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick: Stay home as often as possible. Put distance between yourself and other people. Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus.
Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others: You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick. Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected. Do NOT use a face mask meant for a healthcare worker. Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
Cover coughs and sneezes: If you are in a private setting and do not have on your face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Clean and disinfect: Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks. If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection. Then, use a disinfectant. Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work.