June 2016

Ask the Doctors: June 2016

Subscribers Only — Osteoarthritis is a chronic condition that often gets worse over time. When over-the-counter medications, such as acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), start to lose effectiveness, it can be tempting to turn to stronger pain medications. But opioid drugs, such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, should not be used for a chronic pain condition like arthritis.   More...

When Fingers Curl and Won’t Unfurl

Subscribers Only — Pain and deformity in the hands commonly result from osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. But other conditions also affect the hands. For example, if you develop thick nodules in the palm of your hand and a finger starts to curl and can’t be straightened, you likely have a condition called Dupuytren’s contracture.   More...

Benefits of Watery Workouts

Subscribers Only — Another characteristic of exercising in water is the resistance created by movement, both your own and that of others in the pool. The faster you move, the more resistance you create in the water. As you gain strength, you can start moving at a quicker pace. Schulte advises taking advantage of the water turbulence caused by others as well. “I tell my patients to go to the pool with their children and grandchildren,” she says. “It causes them to work harder and it’s more fun.”   More...

A Shot at Pain Relief

Subscribers Only — If you have joint pain from osteoarthritis, the promise of quick, possibly long-lasting relief may drive you to request a corticosteroid injection from your doctor. While steroid shots can be effective, it’s important to understand that they are used only as part of a multifactorial treatment plan, and only under certain circumstances.   More...

Start the Day with a Healthy Breakfast

Subscribers Only — Everyone develops eating habits, and yours may be supporting a weight that is too high. “To lose weight and keep it off, don’t go on a specific diet,” says Cleveland Clinic dietitian Margaret Zeller, RD, LD. “Instead, be aware of your calorie intake and make changes to your eating habits that promote weight loss and good health.”   More...

In the News: June 2016

Subscribers Only — Before resorting to a hip or knee replacement, many people with osteoarthritis try corticosteroid injections to relieve pain and swelling in joints. Numerous studies have investigated the effectiveness of the supplements glucosamine and chondroitin for managing osteoarthritis, with conflicting findings. Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat chronic back pain caused by disk degeneration. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and acetaminophen are routinely used to ease pain of osteoarthritis.   More...

Proper Posture Promises Pain Relief

We may know we’re supposed to stand and sit up straight and bend our knees when we lift something. But let’s face it, it’s easy to develop bad habits when it comes to posture and body mechanics. If you have chronic pain, especially in the back, neck, hips and knees, it’s worth the effort to try to mend your ways.   More...

Download the Full June 2016 Issue PDF

Subscribers Only — Posture can be difficult to correct. If you always hold your head slightly forward or hunch over, you’re putting added stress on the joints and disks in the upper spine. But because your body has become accustomed to this position, it can feel strange to straighten up into correct posture. However, maintaining good posture becomes easier the longer you do it.   More...