Bones & Joints

Out-Smarting Back Pain

Do-it-yourself measures may be just as effective as sophisticated - and more expensive - procedures.
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Rx For Happy Hips

That pain in your hip may not be caused by arthritis. Heres how to tell.
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Building Better Bones

Skeletal anabolics arrive as an effective new treatment to restore weakened bones.
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That Keeling Feeling

With age comes the increased danger of falling, but there are measures you can take to stay out of the high-risk group.
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In the News: 12/04

R.I.P. Vioxx: What Now For Arthritis Pain; Prednisone Puts RA Patients At Pneumonia Risk; Barometer, Thermometer Do Affect Joint Pain.
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Microfracture: A Healing Punch

The stimulation of bone marrow can produce new cartilage for a torn knee. Just dont push the rehab.
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Your Cartilage And How To Save It

Surgeons, challenged to find fresh ways to reestablish normal joint function, have come up with several solutions which may avert joint replacement surgery. Among these are three relatively new procedures aimed at cartilage regeneration, says John Bergfeld, M.D., Director, Cleveland Clinic Sports Health. At this point, we're treating arthritis symptoms-rather than curing arthritis-but these surgeries treat the symptoms well. …
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9 Ways To Protect Your Joints

Inflammation of the joints can cause pain, swelling and limited motion of one or more of your joints. As an arthritis sufferer, no doubt youve already been prescribed medication by your doctor to reduce these symptoms. But theres a lot you can do yourself-apart from taking your medication-to lessen joint pain. Following are some time-proven suggestions from orthopaedic experts at the Cleveland Clinic …
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Ask Dr. Marks: 02/03

What causes joint inflammation? Can you develop arthritis in any joint? Pain in a joint can be caused by inflammation or neuro-mechanical factors. Inflamma-tion is the primary cause of joint pain in rheumatoid arthritis (RA), while neuro-mechanical factors predominate in osteoarthritis (OA). When articular cartilage is worn away and bone is exposed, simple pressure on the bone surface will cause pain. This explains why joint pain is increased when an involved joint is placed in…
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Ask Dr. Marks: 01/03

Im a new subscriber. I suffer from moderate joint pain, and I suspect it may be arthritis. Ive decided to go to a doctor, but Im confused. What type of doctor should I go to? If you suffer from moderate joint pain, its best if you bring this to the attention of your primary care physician. He will examine you and obtain the necessary lab studies to rule out rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory conditions. If…
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The Rocky Road To Shoulder Woes

When something goes wrong in your shoulder over a long period of time, it is not usually an isolated event. It is more likely to have been a progression of events involving the four muscles that make up the rotator cuff. Each condition is a little more painful or restrictive than the previous one, but there are some common measures you can take to deal with all of them. …
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New Hip Or Knee? Use It, Dont Abuse It

Orthopaedic surgeon Lester Borden, M.D., estimates that about 350,000 knee replacements and 300,000 hip replacements are performed annually in the U.S. At The Cleveland Clinic, where he is section head of adult reconstructive surgery, more than 95 percent of such procedures are successful. Dr. Borden attributes this impressive record to a variety of factors, such as the improved design of replacements, the materials used to construct them, and advances in surgical techniques. …
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