How to Prevent Falling

In addition to aging, other factors can put you at higher risk for falling. Having fallen in the past raises the chances that you might fall again, especially if the fall resulted in an injury. Feeling unsteady when you walk or needing to hang onto something, such as furniture or the walls, makes you more likely to fall. People come to rely on that support, which can change the way they walk, says Bebb. They may lean forward or have a change of posture that can increase fall risk.

Ask The Doctors: August 2018

A: Arthritis in the hands, whether from osteoarthritis (the wearing down of the cushioning cartilage in joints) or rheumatoid arthritis (an autoimmune disease), can make even simple daily tasks challenging. If you have arthritis in any of the hand joints, its best to avoid excessive stress to protect them. There are many products that can help, including arthritis gloves. Most provide gentle compression, which increases circulation and helps decrease swelling and pain. They are made from a material that helps maintain warmth in joints, which helps decrease discomfort during motion. Arthritis gloves can make your hands feel better, but they do not stop the destruction of arthritis.

How to Be a Healthy Vegan

One diet that has been gaining increasing popularity is a vegan diet. Like vegetarians, vegans do not eat any meat. They also avoid all animal products, including dairy and eggs.

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To really understand gout you have to realize that this dramatic event is a symptom of the disease and not the disease itself. The disease of gout occurs when deposits of uric acid accumulate in and around joints, says Dr. Mandell. These deposits can occasionally break down and form crystals, which cause the symptom, which is the gout attack.

Ask The Doctors: June 2018

Ive had polymyalgia rheumatica for 10 years. I take low doses of prednisone. When I stop it, the symptoms return. Is there anything new to treat this disease? I had an attack of severe pain and swelling in my ankle and knee. Fluid was drawn and tested for gout. But no crystals were found. I was diagnosed with pseudogout. What is pseudogout?

Turning to Acupuncture

Suffering with chronic pain from arthritis, back problems and other medical conditions can make people desperate for relief. Pain medications may seem like an obvious choice. But they are not always the best first step. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can have side effects, especially when taken chronically. And opioid drugs can be addictive.

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Millions of Americans, both women and men, have low bone density, putting them at risk for bone fractures. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), about one-half of women and one-quarter of men over age 50 have a fracture during their lifetime.

Pain Relief for Knee Arthritis

Osteoarthritis in the knee is very common, especially as we get older, typically causing achy pain, mild swelling and stiffness after inactivity. Many people reach for a bottle of pills, mostly nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (such as ibuprofen [Motrin, Advil] or naproxen [Aleve]), to relieve symptoms.

What Is Inflammation?

Your achy joint thats swollen and feels stiff is probably harboring inflammation. If you have arthritis (whether osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis), inflammation contributes to pain and other symptoms. Many drugs for arthritis work by reducing inflammation. But what is inflammation?

Ask The Doctors: May 2018

Bunions, which are very common, can be annoying, painful and affect your ability to do activities. Just because you have a bunion doesnt mean you should rush to get surgery. Dont ignore it either. Left untreated, a bunion can lead to other foot deformities. There are different types of kidney stones. Most are made of calcium, so it might seem like consuming a lot of calcium would lead to kidney stones. Its not that simple.

Making the Most of Medications

If you have a condition that affects your bones or joints, you may be taking medications. It could be a pain medication that you take for a short period of time, or it may be drugs for rheumatoid arthritis or another type of arthritis or osteoporosis that you take for a long time or even a lifetime.

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For people who are overweight or obese, the most effective treatment is weight loss. This is not surprising because every extra pound of weight adds two to four pounds of excess pressure on the knees. Losing weight is probably the most difficult part of the treatment puzzle, but its also the most important, says Dr. Day.