August 2015

Want to Avoid Surgery? Get Moving!

Subscribers Only — Arthritis is often known for the physical limitations it can cause. Yet, evidence is building in the case of exercise altering the condition’s impact. Case in point: Researchers have shown that exercise therapy may help avoid the need for total hip replacement in those with hip osteoarthritis (OA). Published in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (November 2013), the study showed that those who exercised for one hour at least twice a week for 12 weeks were 44 percent less likely to need hip replacement surgery six years later compared with a similar group of people who did not exercise.   More...

In The News: August 2015

It may seem common knowledge that cigarettes are bad for you, but nearly 18 of every 100 U.S. adults aged 18 years or older (17.8%) currently smoke cigarettes, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This reality is bad news for those with knee osteoarthritis (OA) who currently smoke—or used to. According to a study reported at the Osteoarthritis Research Society International meeting (May 2015), smoking is related to prevalent and incident joint pain in those who have knee OA or are at high risk for it. The prospective study analyzed data from the Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study (MOST) of patients initially aged 50 to 79 years and examined the development and progression of knee OA—first at baseline and at the seven-year follow-up visit. At baseline, 56 percent were never-smokers, 38 percent were former smokers and 6 percent were current smokers. Study results showed that at baseline, current smokers had significantly more severe knee pain than did never-smokers. Also, former smokers were more likely than were never-smokers to have widespread joint pain.   More...

The New Osteoporosis Patient

Subscribers Only — The concerns of osteoporosis for women are well documented, but did you know that men are also at risk for serious fractures due to the condition? Research has shown that 1 in 4 men over the age of 50 will break a bone during his lifetime due to osteoporosis.   More...

Diet Beats Inflammation’s Game

There’s nothing like a hotdog, beer and nachos at a baseball game in the summer. But, if you have arthritis, you’d better add a pain reliever to the day’s lineup: You might need it later. Several foods are known to have inflammatory properties, and for arthritis sufferers, inflammation equals pain, according to Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Enterprise Medical Director Roxanne B. Sukol, MD.   More...

Could Your Pain Be Bursitis?

Subscribers Only — It’s estimated that 52.5 million adults, or 1 in 5, in the United States, have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. So, if your joint aches, it could be arthritis, right? Maybe, but it may be more complicated, according to Cleveland Clinic rheumatologist Bruce D. Long, MD, BS, Pharm.   More...