Exercise & Prevention

Ask the Doctor: Running Indoors or Outdoors; What Happens When You Throw Your Back...

Q: When I’m walking or running for exercise, does it matter if it’s on pavement, a running track or a treadmill? A: Where you choose to walk or run is a personal decision. Some people prefer being outdoors, while others like to exercise indoors on a treadmill. The best choice is the one you enjoy […]

In the News: Getting Enough Exercise; Knee Replacement Surgery; Diabetes Drugs & Gout; Distance...

Many Adults in U.S. Do Not Get Enough Exercise Engaging in regular physical activity is important for overall health. It reduces your risk for obesity, heart disease and type 2 diabetes, and it also helps maintain bone and joint health. According to a report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in […]

In the News: Exercise; Better Sleep; Vitamin D; Pseudogout

Exercise Reduces Risk for Falling Among Older Adults About one-third of adults ages 65 and older fall each year. A fall can have serious consequences, including bone fractures and head injuries. Exercise to improve strength, flexibility and balance is recommended to prevent falls. A study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine (December 2019) […]

Healing Plantar Fasciitis

Stabbing pain in the heel when you first stand up in the morning is a sign of the common foot ailment plantar fasciitis. “Pain may ease throughout the day with activity, but then it can worsen later in the day after prolonged weight bearing,” says Cleveland Clinic podiatrist Patrick McKee, DPM. Plantar fasciitis is irritation […]

Choose the Right Shoes

Exercise is an important part of a comprehensive treatment approach for people with osteoarthritis. Walking is a great form of exercise. But before you head out the door, consider what you are putting on your feet. Choosing the best shoes can make a difference in getting the most out of your walk. “Shoes are important […]

Yoga Is for Everyone

If you have stiff, achy joints from arthritis, you may look at photographs of people doing yoga and think, “That’s nice, but it’s not for me.” You may think you aren’t flexible enough to get into the poses, you can’t sit cross-legged, and it might be painful. In fact, you don’t have to be able […]

You Can Keep Skiing

Skiing may be largely a younger persons sport, but up to 18% of skiers are over age 55. And the number of older ski-ers is growing. If you are a mature skier, but aches and pains of arthritis are getting in the way, you dont have to abandon the slopes. And if you have had hip or knee replacement surgery, you should be able to return to skiing, but with some cautions.

Curcumin for Arthritis Pain

If you have osteoarthritis and you are looking for an alternative to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for pain relief, consider curcumin.

In the News: February 2020

Middle- and older-age women who engage in even a moderate amount of physical activity can lower their chances of suffering a hip fracture, according to the findings of a study published in JAMA Network Open (October 2019). The study included over 77,000 women ages 50 to 79 when the study began in the 1990s. The women reported the amount of time they spent being physically active and the amount of time being sedentary.

Sign of Heart Failure May Be in Your Wrist

Can pain and numbness in your wrist and hand from carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) be a sign that you could develop heart failure? Research suggests that it may. This is because in some cases, CTS and heart failure share an underlying cause, and it tends to show up earlier in the wrist than in the heart.

Relieve Stress, Ease Pain

Its easy to get stressed out from everyday pressures of work, family and other responsibilities. Now that the holidays are here, you may be feeling even more stress and anxiety. For those with arthritis or another chronic condition, the result may be increased pain.

In The News: September 2019

Osteoarthritis develops when cartilage (the cushioning material that covers the ends of bones in joints) deteriorates. The reason this happens is not entirely understood, but several factors, including certain injuries, can increase the risk. A study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine (May 2019) examined the connection between knee injuries and osteoarthritis. The researchers reviewed results of 53 studies that included a total of about 1 million adults who had an injury of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), an injury of the meniscus or a combination of knee injuries. (The ACL is a ligament in the knee, and the meniscus is a C-shaped piece of cartilage between the two bones at the knee.) The odds of developing knee osteoarthritis were more than four times higher following an ACL injury and more than six times higher after a meniscal injury or combination of injuries.