A greater understanding of psoriatic arthritis and an increasing number of medications available to treat it have had a major impact on relieving pain and improving function. But less attention is paid to some of the conditions that often accompany psoriatic arthritis. If you have this form of arthritis and are experiencing fatigue, sleep problems or depression, you are not alone.
If you are on a biologic drug for an inflammatory form of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, or ankylosing spondylitis, you may have heard of biosimilars. The first biosimilar agent for the treatment of inflammatory arthritis was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in April 2016.
Osteoarthritis may seem like something we have to put up with as we age. It may not be possible to completely stop the underlying cause of osteoarthritis, but that does not mean theres nothing you can do. Both calcium and vitamin D are essential for bone health. The body needs calcium for other functions as well, including those involving muscles, nerves, blood vessels, and the release of hormones and enzymes.
Strength, flexibility and balance all decrease as we age. But a simple exercise program, as outlined in the January 2018 issue of Arthritis Advisor, can help you maintain high functioning. That article described five types of activities.
When you think of joint replacement surgery, youre probably thinking knees or hips. But other joints can be replaced as well, including ankles. Fewer ankle replacement surgeries are done, partly because the technology has lagged behind that for hips and knees. This is changing.
Low back pain is extremely common, affecting about three-quarters of Americans some time in their lives. A study published in the journal Spine (August 2017) examined the role of muscle-strengthening exercises in reducing risk for low back pain. The researchers analyzed data on 12,721 people participating in the large National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). They were divided into three categories: no engagement in muscle-strengthening activity (MSA), MSA one day a week, and MSA two or more days a week. The researchers found that both men and women who engaged in activities designed to strengthen muscles, such as lifting weights, push-ups or sit-ups, at least two days a week were significantly less likely to report low back pain. Current smokers were more likely to have low back pain. For men, but not women, smoking reduced the benefits of exercise
I have osteoporosis, and Ive been taking Fosamax for four years. Ive heard about atypical femur fractures. Should I worry about this? How will I know if I have one? Pain in my joints is making it more difficult to get around, especially getting up from a chair and in and out of the car. What can I do?
Oral Contraceptive Use May Lower Risk for Rheumatoid Arthritis. Knee Osteoarthritis Twice as Common as in the past. Glucosamine Supplements Fail to Show Benefit. Even Small Increases in Physical Activity Improve Mobility.
The temporomandibular joints (one on each side of your head) articulate the lower jaw to the temporal bone of the skull. These hinge-like joints, along with the jaw (masticatory) muscles, allow you to open and close your mouth and move your lower jaw from side to side. Thus you can talk, chew and yawn with ease.
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.
I have some hydrocodone pills left over from surgery I had. Is it okay to use them occasionally when pain from osteoarthritis in my knee flares up? I have bursitis in my hip. Will this lead to osteoarthritis? What can I do about it?
A new study backs up earlier research suggesting that regularly eating fish may help reduce joint pain and swelling for people with rheumatoid arthritis. Fish contains omega-3 fatty acids, which are thought to have anti-inflammatory properties. For the study, published in Arthritis Care & Research (June 2017), researchers studied 176 people with rheumatoid arthritis who filled out questionnaires about their diet, including frequency of eating fish.