July 2017

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Subscribers Only — When your back or neck aches, you may reach for pain relieving medications. While they can help, experts suggest trying nondrug treatments first. For both short-term and longstanding low back pain, for example, the recently updated guidelines by the American College of Physicians recommend starting with therapies such as heat, massage, exercise and spinal manipulation.   More...

Wrist Surgery & Lyme Disease

Rheumatoid arthritis commonly affects the hands and wrists. Medications and nondrug measures, such as physical therapy and joint protection strategies, are the primary treatments. If pain and dysfunction become severe and seriously limit movement, surgery can be considered. There are many possible causes of the symptoms you describe, and you may have more than one problem. For example, you may have arthritis plus the flu. But there are other reasons for joint pain besides arthritis. The fact that you spend a lot of time outdoors raises suspicion that you may have Lyme disease.   More...

Eye Care for People with Inflammatory Arthritis

Subscribers Only — Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, meaning the body’s immune system attacks healthy tissue, causing inflammation. “Anyone with an autoimmune disease is at risk for uveitis, which refers to inflammation in the eye,” says ophthalmologist Sumit Sharma, MD, with Cleveland Clinic’s Cole Eye Institute.   More...

Don’t Give up on Golf

Swinging a golf club can be hard on arthritic joints, including in the spine, hips, shoulders and hands. To ease the stress, plan ahead and do some stretches before playing and even during rest periods in the game (see “Practical Suggestions” box). Before teeing off, warm up by walking for five to 10 minutes. Then take several slow swings on the practice range. Start slowly and swing easily.   More...

Understanding Degenerative Disk Disease

Subscribers Only — There’s no doubt that our bodies, including the complex array of structures in and around the spine, change with age. For example, the cylindrical disks tucked between each bone (vertebra) of the spine are subject to some deterioration. This may or may not lead to pain or other symptoms.   More...

Do You Need a Supplement?

Treating the pain and functional limitations of joint conditions like arthritis and back aches requires a multipronged approach. This may include exercise, weight loss, pain medications and other approaches. Many people turn to supplements for added pain relief. Should you?   More...

In The News: July 2017

Women who eat a healthy diet appear to have a lower chance of getting rheumatoid arthritis, according to a study published in the journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (January 2017). People with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis face a higher risk than the general population for bone fractures. After joint replacement surgery, some people are sent from the hospital to a rehabilitation facility for a short stay.   More...

Spinal Manipulation to Ease Pain, Improve Function

When your back or neck aches, you may reach for pain relieving medications. While they can help, experts suggest trying nondrug treatments first. For both short-term and longstanding low back pain, for example, the recently updated guidelines by the American College of Physicians recommend starting with therapies such as heat, massage, exercise and spinal manipulation.   More...