Ease Joint Pain with Meditation
Taking some time each day to relax, breathe deeply, and meditate can reduce stress, and may help relieve pain.

Ease Joint Pain with Meditation

Meditation and relaxation techniques can be powerful additions to an arthritis treatment program.

Getting relief from chronic pain of arthritis or back problems can be a frustrating quest. It almost always requires a multipronged approach. Physical therapy, medications, supplements, weight loss and assistive devices are a few of the mainstays of treatment. Michael Roizen, MD, Chair of the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, suggests adding a regular practice of meditation or other stress-reducing relaxation techniques.

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    Joints

    Ease Joint Pain with Meditation

    Meditation and relaxation techniques can be powerful additions to an arthritis treatment program.

    Getting relief from chronic pain of arthritis or back problems can be a frustrating quest. It almost always requires a multipronged approach. Physical therapy, medications, supplements, weight loss and assistive devices are a few of the mainstays of treatment. Michael Roizen, MD,...

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  • In the News: July 2016

    Research

    In the News: July 2016

    After prescription drugs have been out on the market for a number of years, most become available in less-costly generic versions. The FDA approved a new drug for people with two of the less common types of arthritis—ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA)....

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  • Glucosamine and Chondroitin Update

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    Glucosamine and Chondroitin Update

    Taking supplements containing substances that naturally aid joints should help alleviate pain. But do they?

    If you have osteoarthritis, you’ve probably heard of glucosamine and chondroitin. You may be considering taking these supplements, or perhaps you already take them. Because they are supplements you do not need a prescription. But should you take them? Glucosamine and...

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  • Some Knee Injuries May Increase Risk for Osteoarthritis

    Exercise & Prevention

    Some Knee Injuries May Increase Risk for Osteoarthritis

    Having an injury early in life may set you up for arthritis later, but not all injuries are equal.

    For most people with osteoarthritis, the cause is unclear. But there are certain factors that are known to increase your risk for osteoarthritis, and one of them is having suffered an injury, from sports or some other trauma. Injuries can occur at any joint, but the knee is...

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  • Morning Exercises for Low Back Pain

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    Morning Exercises for Low Back Pain

    For back pain, get moving first thing in the morning, even before getting out of bed.

    If you suffer from chronic low back pain that tends to be particularly bad in the morning or after you’ve been standing for a long time, you may have facet joint osteoarthritis. Facet joints are small joints behind each vertebrae of the spine. They connect each vertebral body...

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    Joint Replacement: When Sooner May Be Better than Later

    Joint replacement is an elective surgery, but some people should not wait too long.

    If pain in your hips or knees from arthritis has become unbearable, you may be considering joint replacement surgery. But how do you decide if the time is right to undergo this elective procedure? You may have heard that surgery is the treatment of last resort for osteoarthritis,...

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    Topical NSAIDs and Wrist Pain

    For mild-to-moderate pain of osteoarthritis, especially in the hands and possibly knees, topical non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can be effective for pain relief. Some studies show they relieve pain as well as their oral counterparts, and they may be less irritating...

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  • Download the Full July 2016 Issue PDF

    Pain Management

    Download the Full July 2016 Issue PDF

    There’s no conclusive evidence to guide a decision about glucosamine and chondroitin. The GAIT study did find that they are not harmful, and many people choose to try them. The dosages in the GAIT study were 1,500 mg a day of glucosamine and 1,200 mg a day of chondroitin. Dr....

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