August 2014

Ask The Doctors: August 2014

Q. My doctor has told me I have trigger finger in my thumb as a result of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). What is trigger finger, and how is it treated?   More...

Finding an Alternative Osteoporosis Medication

Subscribers Only — Bones are known as the framework of the endoskeleton, which support and protect the various organs of the body. Alive and constantly growing, the bone houses the bone marrow where red and white blood cells are produced. Your bone also stores minerals including more than 95 percent of the body’s calcium, and provides the structure that protects internal organs and attachments for tendons, ligaments and muscles. With such a repertoire, it’s not surprising that keeping bones healthy is one of the first steps to preventing fractures.   More...

Using Good Posture to Overcome Shoulder OA

Subscribers Only — Good posture is a sign of confidence and poise, but did you know that sitting or standing in the right position can actually help overcome the pain of shoulder osteoarthritis (OA)? By improving your overall posture, your postural muscles are strengthened, allowing your shoulders to move in all directions more easily—an accomplishment that may seem unattainable to those with the slightest shoulder OA. …   More...

The Power of ‘Mechanical Stimulation’ for Your Knees

Subscribers Only — When thinking about how exercise can help keep an arthritic knee healthy, it’s best to consider how Goldilocks liked her porridge—a happy medium between too hot or too cold. While too much high-impact exercise has been shown to break down cartilage due to mechanical overload, too little exercise can have the same debilitating effect.   More...

Monitoring Multiple Medications for Better Health

Subscribers Only — Taking medication is a part of life for those with arthritis. Whether it’s nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to relieve the symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA), or a disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD) to quell a case of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), the reality is that medications are necessary.   More...

In The News: August 2014

The bone-building drugs bisphosphonates failed to prevent the development of bone erosions in patients with longstanding tophaceous gout, according to a two-year randomized study. Published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (June 2014), researchers found no differences in changes on computed tomography (CT) erosion scores of the feet in patients treated with zoledronate (Zometa®, Reclast®) versus those given placebo at either year one or two. There was also no difference between zoledronate and placebo when the analysis was adjusted for mean serum urate, or the level of uric acid in the blood. The mean age of patients studied was 56, with average disease duration of 22 years, and more than 20 percent were men. Treatment consisted of 5 mg zoledronate administered intravenously once yearly or placebo.   More...

Still Smoking? Why You Need to Quit for Your Joints’ Sake

Did you know that cigarettes contain more than 4,000 chemicals, including arsenic, carbon monoxide and the poison cyanide? And more than 60 of these chemicals you inhale cause cancer. While the reasons smoking is bad for you are endless, including increasing your risk of blindness and hearing loss, dulling your taste buds and prematurely wrinkling the skin, the link between smoking and arthritis shouldn’t be overlooked.   More...