New York, NY—May 19, 2017
Gout, a painful form of arthritis, is a highly treatable disease. The problem is that many patients stop taking their medication when they feel better, leaving themselves susceptible to painful flare-ups, according to Theodore Fields, MD, an attending rheumatologist at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS).
“Studies show that not adhering to treatment is a major issue among gout patients. Many people simply aren’t fully aware that ongoing treatment and dietary changes are necessary to keep gout in check,” Dr. Fields notes. “At Hospital for Special Surgery, patient education is an essential part of the program for individuals who have gout. We want them to know why sticking to their medication regime is important, even if they feel better; how their diet can affect the disease; and that controlling gout is in their hands.”
A form of arthritis, gout is caused by a buildup of uric …