Bones & Joints

Increase Mobility, Brighten Your Outlook With Yoga

Yoga is far from being just for the young and flexible. Its actually one of the best forms of exercise for people with arthritis. Yoga lengthens muscles, reducing pain and dependence on medication, and also greatly decreases stress and depression. What makes yoga unique is that it takes every joint through its full range of motion, says Suza Francina, R.Y.T., director of the Ojai Yoga Center in Ojai, Calif. Other forms of exercise dont work…
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Ask Dr. Marks: 03/04

Ive started to feel a little unsteady on my feet, and have nearly fallen several times in the past month. What could be causing this? There are many causes for feeling unsteady. The two most common are musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. Joint stiffness and muscle weakness secondary to osteoarthritis can cause unsteadiness. When a hip or a knee lacks the range of motion necessary to make the moment-to-moment adjustments required in walking, the sensation is…
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Shoulder-Pain Rx: The Quest Goes On

Throughout history, physicians have sought ways to maintain this vulnerable mechanisms stability. Were not there yet.
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Traveling And Arthritis

How to make summer vacationing less taxing, more relaxing.
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Goodbye Gout

Imagine waking up in the middle of the night with your big toe throbbing fiercely-as if someone had poked it with a hot iron. Chances are you have gout. Acute gout attacks are unmistakable, says Dr. Brian Mandell, education program director of rheumatology and immunologic disease at The Cleveland Clinic. They are excruciating episodes usually involving a joint in the lower extremities and are characterized by redness, swelling, extreme pain, and skin sensitivity. …
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Arthritis Drugs: The Dark Side

A drugs side effects are predictable, common-and worrisome. Heres how you can get the most from your medications with the least amount of risk.
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