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In the News: Chronic Pain; Stress; Osteoporosis; Rheumatoid Arthritis

One in Five American Adults Experience Chronic Pain Millions of Americans suffer with chronic pain, which can have serious effects on quality of life, as well as economic costs. Estimates of its prevalence and impact vary. To get a better understanding of how widespread chronic pain is, the National Center for Health Statistics of the […]
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Ask the Doctors: Nondairy Calcium Sources; Osteophytes

Q: Can I get the calcium I need from nondairy food sources? A: Calcium and vitamin D are essential for healthy bones and other functions in the body.  Your muscles, nerves and blood vessels all need calcium. The recommended daily intake of calcium increases with age because calcium absorption decreases with age. In addition, women […]
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Ask the Doctors: Topicals; Vibrating Exercise Machines; Age and Joint Replacement

Q: I suffer from knee pain due to arthritis. You recommend Voltaren® gel, which I have tried. But a gel containing camphor, menthol and methyl salicylate gives me better relief. Why don’t you recommend that? A: In the November 2020 issue of Arthritis Advisor, Cleveland Clinic orthopaedic specialist Vikas Patel, DO, recommended the topical nonsteroidal […]
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Pain in the Buttocks

Pain in the buttocks in the area where you sit may be a sign of a condition called ischiogluteal bursitis, commonly caused by prolonged sitting. During lockdowns and other restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, many people found themselves sitting more than usual. Consequently, “we’ve seen a higher incidence of ischiogluteal bursitis,” says Cleveland Clinic physician […]
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Fighting Chronic Fatigue

People with inflammatory arthritis often complain of debilitating exhaustion. Inflammatory types of arthritis, which include rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis, are known for joint pain. But these autoimmune diseases can have other, more widespread effects. “Many patients with inflammatory arthritis report that fatigue is a major concern for them,” says Chad Deal, MD, […]
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Have RA? Stay Heart Healthy

People with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) face additional health challenges beyond joint symptoms. For example, they have an elevated risk for heart disease. “It’s important to remember that there are other factors at work as well,” says    M. Elaine Husni, MD, Vice Chair of Rheumatology and Director of the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Center at Cleveland Clinic. Risk […]
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In the News: Anti-Inflammatory Diet; Weight Loss; Risk for Falls; Knee Replacements

Switch to Anti-Inflammatory Diet Helps to Control Rheumatoid Arthritis Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease in which chronic inflammation results in damage to joints. It is treated primarily with medications that impact the immune system in ways that reduce inflammation. Some research suggests an anti-inflammatory diet may be beneficial as well. In a study […]
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The Facts About TMD

You probably don’t think twice about biting into a favorite food or making funny faces for your grandchild, but a problem with your temporomandibular joints can stop you in your tracks. The temporomandibular joints (TMJ), one on each side of your head, are like hinges that connect the lower jaw to the temporal bones of the […]
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Ask the Doctors: Supplement Safety; Hip Bursitis

Q: I tried curcumin supplements for my osteoarthritis pain. I slowly worked up to a full dosage and was delighted by the effect. However, three days after reaching the full dosage I began to have stomach pain. Why isn’t there a warning on the package about this? A: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates […]
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Lyme Arthritis

Anyone who spends time walking in grassy or wooded areas, even in the back yard, is probably aware of the threat of Lyme disease from tick bites. Black-legged ticks (commonly called deer ticks) can attach themselves to skin and transmit a bacterium that causes this disease. It is most prevalent in the Northeastern and Upper […]
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Driving with Arthritis

Driving is an important part of staying independent, but arthritis can complicate your ability to safely operate a car. Whether stiffness in your neck prevents you from checking your blind spot, or achy fingers make it hard to turn the wheel, arthritis can make driving more difficult—and even dangerous. More than half of people with rheumatoid […]
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In the News: Strength Training, Prescription Drugs, Preserving Mobility, and Arthritis

Low-Intensity Strength Training Sufficient for Knee Arthritis A cornerstone of treatment for knee osteoarthritis is exercises to strengthen muscles. A study published in JAMA (February 2021) examined whether high-intensity activity is more effective than low-intensity activity for reducing knee pain. The study compared high-intensity with low-intensity strength training in 377 people ages 50 and older […]
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