March 2016

March 2016: Hand Arthritis and Shoulder Replacement

Subscribers Only — Hand osteoarthritis (OA) is very common, with some statistics showing the incidence of hand OA being second only to knee arthritis in the U.S. Shoulder replacement surgery is becoming increasingly common for the treatment of degenerative osteoarthritis (OA).   More...

Rheumatoid Arthritis VS. Osteoarthritis

Itís easy to understand how one might assume osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have similar causes and treatments, because arthritis is arthritis, right? Yes, they are the two most common types of arthritis. And both conditions share similar characteristics. But thatís where the similarities end: In fact, OA and RA are quite different. Cleveland Clinic rheumatologist Linda Mileti, MD, helps us understand these two forms of arthritis, how each progresses and the best treatment for each.   More...

Regain Your Range of Motion

Subscribers Only — Both osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can reduce the range of motion in the joints. Unfortunately, this can lead to reduced physical activity, which in turn leads to significant muscle loss and excessive weight gain. While the impact of these combined factors on your joints may seem insurmountable to overcome, the reality is that a high-impact workout isnít the best approach.   More...

How to Help Yourself When Caring for Others

Just because you have arthritis doesnít mean you donít have to manage the obligations of everyday life. And, for many people, those may include caring for a loved one who is aging or possibly fighting their own illness. In fact, an online survey found that caregiving was their single biggest source of stressóeven more than financial concerns and other family medical problems.   More...

Enjoy Winter’s Superfoods for Pain Relief

Subscribers Only — Browsing through bins of fragrant fruits and vegetables at the farmerís market on a hazy summer morning seems a million years away right now. As the winter months yawn on forever, the cold seeps into our bones, and yes, definitely our arthritic joints. Luckily, what Mother Nature takes away in warmer temps, she gives back with seasonal fruits, vegetables and other foods that pack a powerful anti-inflammatory kick. Cleveland Clinicís Wellness Enterprise Medical Director, Roxanne B. Sukol, MD, explains why winter superfoods are helpful and how to incorporate them in your diet.   More...

In the News: March 2016

Subscribers Only — Even in patients with clinical signs of hip osteoarthritis (OA), an X-ray may not be able to definitively detect the condition. Gout is increasingly common, but now research shows that having the condition increases your risk of heart disease as well. Hip osteoarthritis (OA) progresses differently between African Americans and Caucasians, showed a study published in December 2015. If youíre looking for relief from foot osteoarthritis (OA), slipping an orthoses into your shoes can offer an advantage over rocker-sole footwear.   More...

Facing Today's Prescription Drug Costs

Todayís medical care has never offered so much. Modern medicine has made advances in research, disease treatment and the improvement of patientsí quality of life in the last decade, and development of new drugs is often the driver behind the progress. But, the reality is that medications costs are often too much for many to afford. While the reasons for the price increases are complex, the fact is that the U.S. is the most expensive place in the world for drugs.   More...