July 2014

Ask The Doctors: July 2014

Subscribers Only — Q. I was just diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and my doctor would like to start treatment with methotrexate (Rheumatrex®, Trexall™). Is it necessary to take methotrexate to treat my condition, and what side effects can this drug cause?   More...

Your Oral Health Can Affect Your Joints

Subscribers Only — An adage popular in dentist offices goes like this: “Ignore your teeth and they’ll go away.” And by not taking care of your teeth and gums, you run the risk of periodontitis, which can cause tooth loss.   More...

Using Your Gluteus ‘to the Maximus’ for Hip Health

Subscribers Only — The proof behind an exercise program’s power for hip joint health is continually increasing—and research is now showing that it may help hip osteoarthritis (OA) patients avoid total hip replacement surgery as well. According to a study published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (Nov. 2013), researchers found that patients who had both an educational program and exercised had a 44 percent decrease in the need for hip replacement compared with those who attended the educational session and didn’t exercise.   More...

The SI Joint and Back Pain

Subscribers Only — Degeneration of the lumbar vertebrae and the disks that cushion them is a well-established cause of low-back pain. But, a more nebulous source of low-back pain is the sacroiliac (SI) joint, formed by the triangular sacrum at the base of the spine and the iliac crest of the pelvis. For years, experts suspected the SI joint as a common culprit underlying low-back pain, but they just weren’t sure how best to treat it. That situation has changed.   More...

Vitamin D and Bone Health

Subscribers Only — Is vitamin D the cure for all that ails you? According to the headlines, the vitamin—also known as the “sunshine pill”— goes beyond benefit to the bones, with the potential to ease migraines, help hives, and prevent strokes as well as lower cholesterol. Adding to these claims, a recent study presented at the World Congress on Osteoporosis (April 2014) bolsters news for bones with findings that show long-term vitamin D insufficiency was associated with a greater 10-year risk of having a hip or osteoporotic (bone disease) fracture in elderly women.   More...

In The News: July 2014

Subscribers Only — Patients who undergo knee and hip replacement procedures are able to dramatically reduce their risk of major adverse coronary events over a seven-year period, according to research presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). When reviewing 153 patients who underwent the surgical procedures, the study showed the joint replacements reduced the relative risk of experiencing a composite event—heart attack, stroke, emergency revascularization and death—by 44 percent. There was an absolute risk reduction of experiencing a composite event of 13.6 percent over seven years. The paper, which updates an original report published in the British Medical Journal (Oct. 2013), supports a growing body of evidence that suggests arthritis is associated with increased mortality secondary to cardiovascular disease, and that this risk is proportional to the degree of disability resulting from arthritis, the researchers report.   More...