October 2014

Ask The Doctors: October 2014

Subscribers Only — Q. I was recently diagnosed with osteoporosis and am concerned about my bone health worsening. Will adding milk to my diet help boost my calcium levels and build strong bones?   More...

Can a Drink a Day Keep Joint Pain Away?

Subscribers Only — People have been enjoying beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages since before the first stones of the pyramids were dragged into place. But historical records show more than just instructions on the fermenting of fruits and grains. They also reveal discussions on the benefits and risks of drinking.   More...

Keeping Golf in Your Game

As fall arrives, many turn to the golf course for a peaceful way to relax. But for those with spinal arthritis, swinging a golf club may be the reason they can’t tee off the first hole. When low-back pain sets in a day on the course may seem off limits, yet the reality is that even touring pros develop injuries due to the power of the swing.   More...

Clarifying “Osteo” in Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis

Despite being two very different conditions, osteoporosis and osteoarthritis (OA) are frequently confused due to the prefix they share. While “osteo” means bone, and both conditions affect bones in their own way, that is where the similarities end.   More...

Preserving Your Spine’s Motion

Subscribers Only — Your spine has the often-overlooked ability to multitask. Made up of 26 bone segments called vertebrae, the spine not only allows you to stand and bend, it also serves as the key protector against injury to the spinal cord.   More...

In The News: October 2014

Subscribers Only — Even though it’s relied upon by many, the use of acetaminophen—best known as Tylenol®—is not helpful in managing acute low-back pain, according to a study reported online in The Lancet (July 23, 2014). The research found the drug was no more effective than a placebo pill for more than 1,600 people suffering from lower-back pain. In addition to showing no effect in easing pain, the study also found that acetaminophen was not helpful in improving sleep troubles tied to back pain, or improving patients’ overall quality of life. The drug “might not be of primary importance in the management of acute lower-back pain,” the study’s lead author reported.   More...

Managing the Stealth Nature of Psoriatic Arthritis

Subscribers Only — Richard Kandalec of Mentor, Ohio, has always been busy. As an industrial arts teacher for high school students, his days were full offering hands-on guidance regarding the many facets of engineering and industrial technologies.   More...