What to Eat in Winter

The colder months are here for many of us, and the time of plentiful fresh, local produce in farmers markets is behind us for now. But foods more readily available in the winter months can still pack a healthful, anti-inflammatory punch.

Knee Pain? Work Out in Water

If you have arthritis in the knees and other joints in the lower body, simple movements of daily life can be painful, leading you to do less and less. But this can make matters even worse. Moving joints helps to keep them lubricated, which helps to maintain function, says aquatic expert Christine Schulte, PT, MBA, Director of Rehabilitation and Sports Therapy at Cleveland Clinic.

Ask the Doctors: October 2017

My wife takes a drug for osteoporosis. Shes encouraging me to get a bone density test. Im a 72-year-old man. Should I be concerned about osteoporosis? Can hyaluronic acid injections be used for joints other than the knee?

Biologic Drugs: Benefits Outweigh Risks

Treatment for rheumatoid arthritis changed dramatically more than 20 years ago with the advent of the disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD) methotrexate. Over the past 15 years, new types of DMARDs, called biologics, have continued to revolutionize treatment. Even newer ones are under development.

Time for a Flu Shot

People with inflammatory arthritis, such as rheumatoid or psoriatic arthritis, have a higher risk of developing flu-related complications. They have two strikes against them. First, inflammatory arthritis is an autoimmune disease, so the immune system is not functioning properly. Second, inflammatory arthritis is treated with drugs that suppress the immune system.

Help with High-Cost Medications

The cost of prescription drugs in the United States is steadily rising, and some medications are particularly expensive. While many people with chronic health conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, lupus or osteoporosis can start treatment with affordable drugs, the price tag can increase dramatically once they need a more sophisticated medication.

Ask The Doctors: September 2017

Ive had attacks of gout in my big toe. Now Im getting joint pain and swelling in my hands. Can you get gout in your hands? Ive been told I have diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis. What is this, and what can be done for it?

Thaw Out Frozen Shoulder

Pain and stiffness in your shoulder that limits mobility can have several possible causes. One of them is a frozen shoulder, officially called adhesive capsulitis, a condition that most commonly affects women ages 40 to 65. My female patients often tell me they notice they have trouble doing their hair or fastening their bra because of pain and lost range of motion in their shoulder, says Cleveland Clinic physical therapist Kelly Kinsey, PT.

Troubleshooting Knee Pain

Do you have pain in your knee? If you havent suffered a sudden injury and are in middle or older age, you may think youre getting osteoarthritis. And you may be right. But there are other possible causes of knee pain. Its important to determine the underlying cause because treatment will differ, says Cleveland Clinic sports medicine physician Carly Day, MD.

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There is no cure for osteoarthritis, which can worsen over time. Treatment is aimed at relieving symptoms. The most effective treatment is weight loss if you are above ideal weight, says Dr. Day. Physical therapy, exercise and knee braces can help. Other options are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), acetaminophen (Tylenol), supplements, and injections of corticosteroids or hyaluronic acid.

In The News: August 2017

Grating, cracking or popping sounds can emanate from joints (called crepitus). A study published in the journal Arthritis Care & Research (May 2017) found that people who hear these sounds in their knees may be at increased risk for developing knee osteoarthritis (OA). Osteoarthritis (OA) in the hip and knee are common, affecting about 45 and 25 percent of Americans, respectively. It is well known that obesity is linked to increased risk for developing osteoarthritis (OA) in weight-bearing joints, particularly the knee. But can losing weight prevent this?

Eye Care for People with Inflammatory Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, meaning the bodys immune system attacks healthy tissue, causing inflammation. Anyone with an autoimmune disease is at risk for uveitis, which refers to inflammation in the eye, says ophthalmologist Sumit Sharma, MD, with Cleveland Clinics Cole Eye Institute.