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A Severe Type of Osteoarthritis

Of the many types of arthritis, the most common one is osteoarthritis. Among people who have osteoarthritis, a small percentage has a severe form of the disease called erosive osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is sometimes referred to as “wear-and-tear” arthritis because it involves the wearing down of cartilage. Cartilage is the shiny material that covers the ends […]
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In the News: Osteoarthritis; Hip Fracture; Eye Complications; Risk for Bone Fractures

Osteoarthritis Increasing Around the World The number of people with osteoarthritis is increasing in most countries, according to a study published in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (June 2020). Researchers analyzed data from the Global Burden of Disease, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study, which included data from 195 countries and territories from 1990 to 2017. […]
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A Common Cause of Wrist Pain

A painful wrist can have several possible causes. If you have pain when you bend your wrist back, you may have dorsal wrist syndrome. “People who have this complain of discomfort especially when their wrist is extended under load, such as when doing certain yoga poses or pushups, or even when pushing up from a […]
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Ask the Doctors: Topical NSAIDs; Knee Surgery

Q: The articles on guidelines for treating osteoarthritis say that NSAIDs should not be used for long periods of time due to possible side effects. Is this true for the topical gel too? A: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can be effective for reducing inflammation and relieving pain of osteoarthritis. They are available as pills and […]
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In the News: Strenuous Activity & Knee Osteoarthritis; Predicting Gout Flares; Vitamin D; Rheumatoid...

Strenuous Activity Not Tied to Developing Knee Osteoarthritis Regular exercise has many health benefits, but there is some uncertainty about whether very strenuous activity can damage joints, especially the knee joint. A study published in JAMA Network Open (May 2020) analyzed data on 1,194 adults (average age of 58) at risk for knee osteoarthritis to […]
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Ankle Arthritis

Osteoarthritis is a common joint condition caused by deterioration or loss of cartilage. The reasons cartilage wears away are not always understood. But when osteoarthritis affects the ankle, there is often an underlying cause. “About 75% of cases of ankle arthritis are post-traumatic,” says Cleveland Clinic foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeon Stephen Pinney, MD. The […]
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Ask the Doctors: Heel Raises; TENS for Back Pain

Q: In the article “Exercise Tips for Travelers” in the May issue, it says that people with arthritis in the foot and those who have had ankle fusion should not do heel raises. I have arthritis in my left ankle and I had ankle fusion in my right. I do heel raises. Why are they […]
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Ask the Doctors: Safe Doctors Visit; Joint Stiffness

Q: I have rheumatoid arthritis, and I take drugs that suppress my immune system. This makes me more susceptible to infections. COVID-19 has made me scared. What can I do to protect myself when I go to the doctor or for an infusion? A: The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on the potential dangers […]
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Could It Be Pseudogout?

The sudden appearance of a painful, warm, swollen joint often signals an attack of gout. The symptoms are also typical of a condition called calcium pyrophosphate deposition disease (CPDD). Because of the similarity, CPDD is commonly called pseudogout. Gout is not the only condition CPDD can mimic. It can also cause symptoms similar to osteoarthritis or […]
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Anyone Can Get a Stress Fracture

Stress fractures occur most commonly in physically active younger people. But middle- and older-age adults get them as well, and possibly for different reasons. Regardless of a person’s age, the earlier a stress fracture is identified and treated the better. A stress fracture is a small crack in a bone. It’s often caused by repetitive force. […]
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Rheumatoid Arthritis and Your Heart

People who have rheumatoid arthritis (RA) may not be aware that they face a greater chance of developing heart disease than people without RA. This means that people with RA and their doctors need to be extra vigilant about managing both RA and heart disease risk factors. “Anything you can do to modify factors such […]
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Men Get Osteoporosis Too

When you think of a person with osteoporosis the image that most likely comes to mind is an older woman. But men also get osteoporosis and suffer bone fractures. About 54 million Americans have osteoporosis. Every year, about 2 million of them fracture a bone. Studies show that about one-half of women and one-quarter of […]
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