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Position Yourself to Sleep Well

Pain often interferes with getting a good night’s sleep. When she sees patients with joint or back pain, Cleveland Clinic physical therapist Marleen Caldwell, PT, MS, Cred MDT, will ask, “How are you sleeping?” Not sleeping well can lead to a variety of problems, including weight gain and fatigue, which can make a musculoskeletal condition […]
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Painful Flat Feet

It’s not uncommon to have low arches in the foot, or to even have flat feet. Some people have flat feet from a young age. Many people with flat feet have no problems. But some people develop pain and stiffness on the inside of the foot. A common cause of a flat foot is having […]
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Ask the Doctors: Sprains and Strains; Trigger Finger

Q: What is the difference between a sprain and a strain? A: While the words sprain and strain are similar, they are different injuries. Put simply, a sprain occurs when you overstretch or tear a ligament, and a strain is an injury to a muscle. Ligaments are the tough bands of tissue that connect one […]
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Perils of Old Sports Injuries

Some sports-related injuries can predispose people to develop knee osteoarthritis a decade or more later. For example, people who suffer a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) are at increased risk, whether or not they have surgery to reconstruct the ligament. A study by Cleveland Clinic orthopaedic surgeon Kurt Spindler, MD, and his colleagues […]
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In the News: Knee Osteoarthritis; Rheumatic Diseases & COVID-19; Time-Restricted Eating; Shingle Vaccination

Physically Demanding Jobs May Increase Risk for Knee Osteoarthritis Regular, even strenuous, exercise has not been found to increase risk for knee osteoarthritis. However, a recent study found that some work-related repetitive joint movements may make knee osteoarthritis more likely. Researchers, who published their findings in Arthritis Care & Research (July 2020), synthesized results from […]
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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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