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Plantar Fasciitis: Keep it Mobile

If you feel a sharp, stabbing pain directly on the bottom or your heel, often with the first steps out of bed in the morning, you may have a condition called plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a tough band of tissue on the bottom of the foot that stretches from the heel to the […]

Ask the Doctors: Hiking; Loss of Height

Q: I’ve always enjoyed hiking, but I’m developing arthritis in my knee. I enjoy the outdoors and I don’t want to give it up. Do you have any suggestions? A: Hiking is a great form of exercise, and an increasingly popular one. Autumn is a good time for it — temperatures tend to be lower […]

In The News: Meditation; Rheumatoid Arthritis; Postoperative Pain; COVID-19 Vaccines

Meditation Eases Distress for People with Rheumatic Diseases People with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMD), including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, gout, psoriatic arthritis, Sjogren’s syndrome, osteoporosis, lupus and others, often suffer with pain and anxiety related to their condition. Mindfulness-based meditation programs have grown in popularity for chronic pain conditions. A group of researchers who […]

What Type of Arthritis Do You Have?

Pain and stiffness in one or more joints are signs of arthritis. But that does not tell the whole story. Arthritis is not a single disease. It refers to about 100 diseases that affect joints, many of which are rare. By far, the most common type is osteoarthritis, which is not rare at all, affecting […]

Bursitis in the Shoulder

Your shoulder is a complex arrangement of bones, tendons, ligaments, muscles and bursae, which work together to allow for the widest range of motion of any joint in the body. You probably take for granted everything your shoulder allows you to do. When this most-versatile body part causes twinges of pain, especially when you raise […]

Exercises for Back Pain

If your back hurts, you are in good company. About four in five Americans experience back pain sometime in their lifetime. The underlying causes vary and include strains, herniated disks, arthritis, and stenosis, among others. A thorough examination by a doctor can help to pinpoint the source of pain. But regardless of the cause, treatment […]

Acupuncture for Arthritis Relief

Acupuncture is a Chinese healing technique thousands of years old that is rapidly gaining traction in the United States. It is often incorrectly portrayed in movies and TV, and many people don’t have a true understanding of what acupuncture is. We talked to Cleveland Clinic acupuncturist Timothy Sobo, LAc, to get his insights. How Does […]

Osteoarthritis: Are You at Risk?

Given the profound effects osteoarthritis can have on your daily life — the pain and stiffness that interferes with your activities — it’s in your best interest to do everything you can to prevent it or lessen the impact if you do develop it. Some osteoarthritis risk factors, such as your age, gender (women are […]

Anesthesia Options

When preparing for knee or hip replacement surgery, there is a lot to consider, and many people have questions. For example: What type of anesthesia will I get, and how will postsurgical pain be managed? There are two main options for anesthesia—general and spinal. General anesthesia uses intravenous drugs to make you completely unconscious. A […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]