August 2017

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Subscribers Only — While it might seem that restricting calories would make you very hungry, Kirkpatrick says that it’s the opposite. “Hunger actually goes down.” Your body adjusts and you are satisfied with smaller amounts of food. “You see the chocolate chip cookie, but you don’t have to have it.” A patient of Kirkpatrick’s who just started a fasting plan noticed that she felt some hunger in the evening. She expected to be starving the next morning, but she actually had little appetite when she woke up.   More...

Reactive Arthritis & NSAIDs

I’ve been diagnosed with reactive arthritis. Is this a chronic condition or will it go away? I’ve been taking Aleve® for my knee arthritis for several months. My doctor didn’t prescribe it. Should I be concerned about taking it long term?   More...

Home after Joint Replacement Surgery

If you are having joint replacement surgery, it’s likely that you’ll be going home soon after the surgery, possibly even the next day. Fewer and fewer people go to a rehabilitation facility, and that’s for the best. Studies are showing that people who undergo joint replacement recover just as well at home.   More...

Role of Tramadol for Pain Control

Subscribers Only — Chronic pain from joint or back problems are addressed with conservative treatments first. For back pain, start with heat, massage and exercise. If you have osteoarthritis, it’s important to keep moving.   More...

Strong Ankles Can Boost Balance, Prevent Injuries

Subscribers Only — Do your ankles feel less steady than when you were younger? Are you afraid of twisting or spraining an ankle or falling? Do you know that having an ankle injury can set you up for developing arthritis?   More...

Osteoarthritis vs. Osteoporosis

The two conditions osteoarthritis and osteoporosis sound very similar, and many people get confused. While they share the prefix osteo, which means bones, these conditions are very different.   More...

In The News: August 2017

Grating, cracking or popping sounds can emanate from joints (called crepitus). A study published in the journal Arthritis Care & Research (May 2017) found that people who hear these sounds in their knees may be at increased risk for developing knee osteoarthritis (OA). Osteoarthritis (OA) in the hip and knee are common, affecting about 45 and 25 percent of Americans, respectively. It is well known that obesity is linked to increased risk for developing osteoarthritis (OA) in weight-bearing joints, particularly the knee. But can losing weight prevent this?   More...

Is Intermittent Fasting Right For You?

A better weight loss plan would take away the craving. That’s the potential of an intermittent fasting diet. Intermittent fasting does not mean completely going without food. “This is not a starvation diet,” says Kirkpatrick. The idea is to strategically time eating so you cycle through periods of normal eating and ingesting no or minimal calories.   More...