Osteoarthritis in the knee is very common, especially as we get older, typically causing achy pain, mild swelling and stiffness after inactivity. Many people reach for a bottle of pills, mostly nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (such as ibuprofen [Motrin®, Advil®] or naproxen [Aleve®]), to relieve symptoms. While you can take pain-relieving drugs, they should be used cautiously and only as one part of a more comprehensive approach. Each person is unique, so we have to formulate an individualized treatment plan, says Cleveland Clinic sports medicine physician Carly Day, MD.
When you have arthritis, driving can be a pain. Here are some ways to enjoy the road again.
If arthritis or back problems make driving a car difficult and painful, you may fear youll have to stop driving. Dont give up yet. With work and some adaptations you should be able to remain comfortably in the drivers seat.
Scientific evidence points to the pain-relieving qualities of yoga. Getting started is quite easy.
What is yoga good for? Quite a lot actually, including possibly arthritis and back problems. Several studies support its potential for pain management in people with these conditions. Yoga is more than a physical exercise; its a mind-body practice. It combines physical...
Inflammation plays a role in arthritis, but it differs depending on the type of arthritis.
Your achy joint thats swollen and feels stiff is probably harboring inflammation. If you have arthritis (whether osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis), inflammation contributes to pain.
Medications work best when you are well informed and remember to take them.
If you have a condition that affects your bones or joints, you may be taking medications. It could be a pain medication that you take for a short period of time, or it may be drugs for rheumatoid arthritis or another type of arthritis or osteoporosis that you take for a long time...
Bunions, which are very common, can be annoying, painful and affect your ability to do activities. Just because you have a bunion doesnt mean you should rush to get surgery. Dont ignore it either. Left untreated, a bunion can lead to other foot deformities. There are...
To lose weight, should you be on a low-fat diet or a low-carbohydrate diet? It probably doesnt matter as long as you focus on the quality of the foods you eat. Arthritis is a major cause of pain and disability, affecting an estimated 54.4 million adults in the United States....
For people who are overweight or obese, the most effective treatment is weight loss. This is not surprising because every extra pound of weight adds two to four pounds of excess pressure on the knees. Losing weight is probably the most difficult part of the treatment puzzle,...
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